Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a boxing or wrestling match
  2. (noun, act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
  3. (noun, act) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
    there was fighting in the streets
    the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap
  4. (noun, attribute) an aggressive willingness to compete
  5. (noun, communication) an intense verbal dispute
  6. (verb, competition) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    Siblings are always fighting
    Militant groups are contending for control of the country
  7. (verb, competition) fight against or resist strongly
    Don't fight it!
  8. (verb, social) make a strenuous or labored effort
    He fought for breath
  9. (verb, social) 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
    She is crusading for women's rights
    The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Fight

  1. O.E. feohtan "to fight" (class III strong verb; past tense feaht, pp. fohten), from P.Gmc. *fekhtanan (cf. O.H.G. fehtan, Du. vechten, O.Fris. fiuhta), from PIE *pek- "to pluck out" (wool or hair), apparently with a notion of "pulling roughly." Spelling substitution of -gh- for a "hard H" sound was a M.E. scribal ha… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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