fight - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlefighting
past tensefought
past participlefought
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if people fight, they use guns or other weapons against each other

    These men had fought the Japanese in the Second World War.

    fight against:

    The French had no desire to fight against the British.

    fight for:

    We believed we were fighting for freedom and democracy.

    fight to do something:

    Allied troops fought to liberate the city.

    fight a war/battle:

    The terrorists claim that they are fighting a just war.

    fight bravely/valiantly/hard:

    The young soldiers fought valiantly but were soon defeated.

     Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if people or animals fight, they hit, kick, or bite each other
    fight with:

    Protesters fought with the police outside the Embassy building.

    fight over:

    Children fought over scraps of food.

    fight to the death:

    Male lions rarely fight to the death over females.

    1. a.
      to hit someone as part of a sport, especially boxing
      fight someone for something:

      He hopes to fight the champion for the world title.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to disagree or argue about something
    fight over:

    Look, I don’t want to fight over this.

    fight about:

    What are you two fighting about now?

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to try very hard to prevent something from happening or getting worse
    fight against:

    All her life she fought against racism.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to try in a very determined way to achieve something

    The survivors have fought a ten-year battle for justice.

    fight to do something:

    Local campaigners are fighting to save the hospital from closure.

    fight for:

    Many of the injured are still fighting for compensation.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to try very hard not to show a feeling or not to do something you want to do
    fight the urge/impulse/desire:

    She fought the urge to run after him.

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] to compete in order to win something or get something

    Our party is ready to fight an election at any time.

    fight for:

    Four teams will be fighting for a place in the final.