Other forms: fighting; fought; fights

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
  1. verb
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    “the tribesmen fought each other”
    “Siblings are always fighting
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    fight against or resist strongly
    “Don't fight it!”
    synonyms: 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
  3. verb
    make a strenuous or labored effort
    “He fought for breath”
    synonyms: struggle
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    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
  4. verb
    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
    synonyms: 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)
  5. noun
    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
    “a fight broke out at the hockey game”
    “there was fighting in the streets”
    synonyms: 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)
    faction, in-fighting
    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)
  6. noun
    a boxing or wrestling match
    “the fight was on television last night”
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    boxing, fisticuffs, pugilism
    fighting with the fists
  7. noun
    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
  8. noun
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    synonyms: battle, conflict, engagement
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    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
  9. noun
    an aggressive willingness to compete
    “the team was full of fight
    synonyms: competitiveness
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    the quality of being bold and enterprising




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