• enPR: fīt, IPA: /faɪt/
  • (America, Canada) IPA: [fʌɪt]

fight (fights, present participle fighting; past fought, past participle fought)

  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
    A wounded animal will fight like a maniac, relentless, savage and murderous.
  2. (reciprocal) To contend in physical conflict with each other, either singly or in war, battle etc.
    The two boxers have been fighting for more than half an hour.
  3. (intransitive) To strive for something; to campaign or contend for success.
    He fought for the Democrats in the last election.
  4. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    The battle was fought just over that hill.
    • 1856, Thomas Macaulay, Life of Samuel Johnson
      was left to fight his way through the world.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 2 Timothy 4:7 ↗:
      I have fought a good fight.
  5. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
    My grandfather fought the Nazis in World War II.
  6. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
    The government pledged to fight corruption.
  7. (transitive, archaic) To cause to fight; to manage or manoeuvre in a fight.
    to fight cocks; to fight one's ship
  8. (intransitive) Of colours or other design elements: to clash; to fail to harmonize.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: lutar
  • Russian: би́ться
Translations Translations Noun


  1. An occasion of fighting.
    One of them got stuck in a chokehold and got stabbed to death during the fight.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
    Watch your language, are you looking for a fight?
  4. (sports) A boxing or martial arts match.
    I'm going to Nick’s to watch the big fight tomorrow night.
  5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
    I'll put up a fight to save this company.
  6. (uncountable) The will or ability to fight.
    That little guy has a bit of fight in him after all.   As soon as he saw the size of his opponent, all the fight went out of him.
  7. (obsolete) A screen for the combatants in ships.
    • Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare.
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  • German: Kampfgeist
  • Portuguese: combatividade

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