from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons.
  • intransitive v. Sports To engage in boxing or wrestling.
  • intransitive v. To engage in a quarrel; argue: They are always fighting about money.
  • intransitive v. To strive vigorously and resolutely: fought against graft; fighting for her rights.
  • transitive v. To contend with physically or in battle.
  • transitive v. To wage or carry on (a battle).
  • transitive v. To contend for, by or as if by combat: "I now resolved that Calais should be fought to the death” ( Winston S. Churchill).
  • transitive v. Sports To box or wrestle against in a ring.
  • transitive v. To participate in (a boxing match, for example).
  • transitive v. To set (a boxer, for example) in combat with another. See Synonyms at oppose.
  • transitive v. To contend with or struggle against: fight cancer; fight temptation.
  • transitive v. To try to prevent the development or success of.
  • transitive v. To make (one's way) by struggle or striving: fought my way to the top.
  • n. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
  • n. A quarrel or conflict.
  • n. A physical conflict between two or more individuals.
  • n. Sports A boxing or wrestling match.
  • n. A struggle to achieve an objective. See Synonyms at conflict.
  • n. The power or inclination to fight; pugnacity: I just didn't have any fight left in me.
  • fight off To defend against or drive back (a hostile force, for example).
  • idiom fight fire with fire To combat one evil or one set of negative circumstances by reacting in kind.
  • idiom fight shy of To avoid meeting or confronting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An occasion of fighting.
  • n. A battle between opposing armies.
  • n. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
  • n. A boxing or martial arts match.
  • n. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
  • n. The will or ability to fight
  • v. To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
  • v. To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
  • v. To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
  • v. To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
  • v. To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc.
  • n. A struggle or contest of any kind.
  • n. Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity.
  • n. A screen for the combatants in ships.
  • intransitive v. To strive or contened for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.
  • intransitive v. To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
  • transitive v. To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause.
  • transitive v. To contend with in battle; to war against
  • transitive v. To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To engage in battle or in single combat; contend in arms; attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an adversary by physical means.
  • To contend in any way; struggle for the gaining of an end; strive vigorously: as, to fight against disease; to fight in a political campaign.
  • To contend with in battle; war against: as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles.
  • To contend against in any manner.
  • To carry on or wage, as a battle or other contest.
  • To win or gain by battle or contest of any kind; sustain by fighting.
  • To cause to fight; manage or manœuver in a fight: as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
  • n. A battle; an attempt to overcome or defeat by physical means; a contest with natural or other weapons.
  • n. Any contest or struggle.
  • n. A bulkhead or other screen designed for the protection of the men during a battle; a bulwark. See close-fights.
  • n. Power or inclination for fighting.
  • n. Synonyms Conflict, Combat, etc. (see battle); fray, affray, encounter, affair, brush.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a boxing or wrestling match
  • v. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
  • v. make a strenuous or labored effort
  • v. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  • n. an aggressive willingness to compete
  • n. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
  • v. fight against or resist strongly
  • n. an intense verbal dispute
  • n. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan, fihtan.

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From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan ("to fight, combat, strive"), from Proto-Germanic *fehtanan (“to comb, tease, shear”), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (“to comb, shear”). Cognate with Scots fecht ("to fight"), West Frisian fjochtsje, fjuchte ("to fight"), Dutch vechten ("to fight"), Low German fechten ("to fight"), German fechten ("to fight, fence"), Latin pectō ("comb, thrash", v), Albanian pjek ("to hit, strive, fight"), Ancient Greek πέκω (pékō, "comb or card wool", v). Related also to Old English feht ("wool, shaggy pelt, fleece").

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From Old English feoht, from the verb. Corresponding to Dutch gevecht, German Gefecht.


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