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Meaning of fight by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: fīt, IPA: /faɪt/, X-SAMPA: /faIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    Fight ( brawl )

    Etymology 1

    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 ), Ancient Greek πέκω ( pékō, “comb or card wool”, v ). Related also to Old English feht ( “wool, shaggy pelt, fleece” ) .


    fight ( third-person singular simple present fights, present participle fighting, simple past fought, past participle fought or ( archaic ) foughten )

    1. ( intransitive ) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
    2. ( intransitive ) To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
    3. ( transitive ) To conduct or engage in ( battle, warfare etc. ).
    4. ( transitive ) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
    5. ( transitive ) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
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    Etymology 2

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


    fight ( plural: fights )

    1. An occasion of fighting .
    2. ( archaic ) A battle between opposing armies .
    3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
    4. ( sports ) A boxing or martial arts match.
    5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
    6. The will or ability to fight
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Explanation of fight by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be engaged in a fight

    2. Siblings are always fighting
    3. fight against or resist strongly

    4. Don't fight it!
    5. make a strenuous or labored effort

    6. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person

    1. a boxing or wrestling match

    2. the fight was on television last night
    3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

    4. the act of fighting

    5. a fight broke out at the hockey game
      there was fighting in the streets
    6. an aggressive willingness to compete

    7. the team was full of fight
    8. an intense verbal dispute

    9. a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate

    Definition of fight by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fight ( fīt ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fought ( fat ); p. pr. & vb. n. Fighting.] [OE. fihten, fehten, AS. feohtan; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw. fäkta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist; cf. L. pugnare to fight, pugnus fist.]
      1. 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.

      You do fight against your country's foes. Shak.

      To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. Milton.

      2. To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.

      To fight shy, to avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters; to keep out of reach.

    2. Fight, v. t.
      1. 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.

      He had to fight his way through the world. Macaulay.

      I have fought a good fight. 2 Tim. iv. 7.

      2. To contend with in battle; to war against; as, “they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.”

      3. To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, “to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.”

      To fight it out, to fight until a decisive and conclusive result is reached.

    3. Fight, n. [OE. fight, feht, AS. feoht. See Fight, v. i.]
      1. 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.

      Who now defies thee thrice to single fight. Milton.

      2. A struggle or contest of any kind.

      3. Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, “he has a great deal of fight in him”. [Colloq.]

      4. A screen for the combatants in ships. [Obs.]

      Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare. Dryden.

      Running fight, a fight in which the enemy is continually chased; also, one which continues without definite end or result.

      Syn. -- Combat; engagement; contest; struggle; encounter; fray; affray; action; conflict. See Battle.