When you fight, you dispute or argue. Everyone disagrees from time to time, but it's sad when close friends fight.

The verb fight means to engage in a struggle that involves conflict — and as a noun, fight is the conflict itself. A fight can take a physical form, like a boxing match or a playground skirmish, or it can happen with words, like a fight over politics. The ancient root of fight comes from the Proto-Indo-European prefix pek, meaning "to pluck out." Picture a hair-pulling fight, and this makes complete sense.

Definitions of fight

v be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

“the tribesmen fought each other”
“Siblings are always fighting
contend, struggle
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bear down
exert full strength
fight with the fists
join battle
engage in a conflict
struggle in opposition
defend, fight back, fight down, oppose
fight against or resist strongly
get back, settle
get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury
fight back
defend oneself
battle, combat
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
make or wage war
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman
joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback
chicken-fight, chickenfight
fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders
engage in a tourney
carry out a feud
engage in a skirmish
exchange blows
fight with sword-like foils
engage in a boxing match
fight with spurs
scuffle, tussle
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
engage in a wrestling match
engage, wage
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient
engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane
combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force
fight a quick and surprising war
go to war, take arms, take up arms
commence hostilities
fend, resist, stand
withstand the force of something
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
attack by submarine
pelt, pepper
attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
charge with a tilt
hit, strike
make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
counterattack, counterstrike
make a counterattack
attack with gas; subject to gas fumes
storm, surprise
attack by storm; attack suddenly
attack suddenly and without warning
invade, occupy
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
surround so as to force to give up
drive back, fight off, rebuff, repel, repulse
force or drive back
bomb, bombard
throw bombs at or attack with bombs
attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane
attack with cannons or artillery
attack or hit with torpedoes
block, deflect, parry
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
box lightly
box for a prize or money
go through boxing motions without an opponent
mud-wrestle, mudwrestle
wrestle in mud
offer, provide, put up
mount or put up
bust, raid
search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

v fight against or resist strongly

“Don't fight it!”
defend, fight back, fight down, oppose
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show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient
fend, resist, stand
withstand the force of something
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
drive back, fight off, rebuff, repel, repulse
force or drive back
stand out
be stubborn in resolution or resistance
stand up
refuse to back down; remain solid under criticism or attack
resist bravely
hold off
resist and fight to a standoff
remain firm, stand
hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
defy, hold, hold up, withstand
resist or confront with resistance
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contend, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

v make a strenuous or labored effort

“He fought for breath”
drive, labor, labour, push, tug
strive and make an effort to reach a goal
behave awkwardly; have difficulties
reach, strain, strive
to exert much effort or energy
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assay, attempt, essay, seek, try
make an effort or attempt

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

agitate, campaign, crusade, press, push
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
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advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)

n the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

“a fight broke out at the hockey game”
“there was fighting in the streets”
combat, fighting, scrap
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gunfight, gunplay, shootout
a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
brush, clash, encounter, skirmish
a minor short-term fight
close-quarter fighting
hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)
the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders)
a brief but vigorous fight
impact, shock
the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
dogfight, hassle, rough-and-tumble, scuffle, tussle
disorderly fighting
affaire d'honneur, duel
a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
fistfight, fisticuffs, slugfest
a fight with bare fists
banging, battering
the act of subjecting to strong attack
beating, whipping
the act of overcoming or outdoing
affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle
a noisy fight
brawl, free-for-all
a noisy fight in a crowd
cut-and-thrust, knife fight, snickersnee
fighting with knives
gang fight, rumble
a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
single combat
a fight between two people
an awkward clash
a fistfight
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battle, conflict, struggle
an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

n a boxing or wrestling match

“the fight was on television last night”
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boxing, fisticuffs, pugilism
fighting with the fists

n an intense verbal dispute

“a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate”
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arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

n a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

battle, conflict, engagement
Battle of Britain
the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
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any catastrophically destructive battle
pitched battle
a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
naval battle
a pitched battle between naval fleets
armed combat, combat
an engagement fought between two military forces
an aerial engagement between fighter planes
close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
resisting arrest
physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
belligerency, hostilities
fighting; acts of overt warfare
trench warfare
a type of armed combat in which the opposing troops fight from trenches that face each other
a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
the act of initiating hostilities
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action, military action
a military engagement

n an aggressive willingness to compete

“the team was full of fight
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the quality of being bold and enterprising

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