fight - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a situation in which people hit each other
    have a fight with:

    He had a fight with a man outside a pub in North London.

    fight between:

    Every week there are fights between rival fans.

    get into a fight:

    As a young man, he was always getting into fights.

    pick/start a fight:

    The man seemed determined to pick a fight with (=start a fight with) someone.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      an occasion when people fight as part of a sport, especially boxing
      fight against:

      He knew it was going to be a hard fight against Lewis.

      Don’t miss the big fight!

  2. 3
    [countable] a situation in which people disagree or argue with each other
    have a fight with:

    Most teenagers have fights with their parents.

  3. 4
    [countable] a situation in which people compete in order to win or get something
    fight for:

    The fight for control of the company lasted several weeks.

  4. 5
    [countable] a determined attempt to prevent something from happening or getting worse
    fight against:

    This is an important step forward in the fight against terrorism.

    She died yesterday after a long fight against cancer.

    1. a.
      a determined attempt to achieve something
      fight for:

      Sarah finally won her long fight for compensation.

      a fight to do something:

      We will continue our fight to protect vulnerable children.

  5. 6
    [uncountable] energy and determination to continue trying to achieve something

    After her husband died there was very little fight left in her.

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