fights; fought/ˈfɑːt/; fighting fights; fought/ˈfɑːt/; fighting
Learner's definition of FIGHT
1 a : to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. : to struggle in battle or physical combat
— often + against
The soldiers fought bravely.
When he was young he was always fighting.
He fought like a tiger.
The U.S. and Germany fought in World Wars I and II.
[+ object] b [+ object] : to be involved in (a battle, struggle, etc.)
2 [no object] : to argue in an angry way 3 [no object] : to try hard to do something that is difficult 4 a : to work hard to defeat, end, or prevent something
[+ object] b [+ object] : to struggle against (something)
5 [+ object] : to try not to be affected by (a feeling, urge, etc.) 6 : to participate in the sport of boxing
fight back[phrasal verb]
1 : to attack or try to defeat someone who is attacking or trying to defeat you 2 : to make a new effort against an opponent 3
◊ Someone who is fighting back tears is trying very hard not to cry.
fight fire with fire
: to fight against an opponent by using the same methods or weapons that the opponent uses
fight for[phrasal verb]
fight for (something)
1 : to fight in support of (something) 2 : to fight or struggle to get, keep, or achieve (something)
The team is fighting for a spot in the play-offs.
The two armies fought all night for control of the fort.
We are fighting for our rights as citizens.
They had to fight for survival.
When they brought him to the hospital, he was fighting for breath. [=he was struggling to breathe]
Her condition is very serious. She's fighting for her life. [=she is struggling to survive; she is in danger of dying]
fight it out
2 : to end a dispute by fighting or arguing
fight like cats and dogs(chiefly US)informalor Britishfight like cat and dog
: to fight or argue a lot or in a very forceful and angry way
fight off[phrasal verb]
fight (someone or something) off or fight off (someone or something)
: to defend yourself against (someone or something) by fighting or struggling : to avoid being harmed or overcome by (someone or something) by fighting or struggling
fight the good fight
: to try very hard to do what is right
fight with[phrasal verb]
fight with (someone or something)
1 : to fight against (someone or something)
He fought with his wife over/about money.
The U.S. fought with Germany in World Wars I and II.
He fought with several worthy opponents.
2 : to fight on the same side as (someone or something) 3 : to fight by using (something, such as a weapon)
fight your way
: to move forward or make progress by pushing, fighting, or struggling
— see also fighting chance at 1chance
◊ Fighting words are angry or insulting words that are likely to cause a fight.
In U.S. English, someone who is fighting mad is angry enough to fight.
Learner's definition of FIGHT
1 [count] : a violent physical struggle between opponents
A fight broke out in the bar.
a bar fight
a street fight
a knife fight [=a fight using knives]
When he was young he was always getting into fights.
It would be foolish to pick a fight [=start a fight] with that guy.
a pillow fight [=a playful fight using pillows as weapons]
a food fight [=a playful fight in which people throw food at each other]
a snowball fight
2 [count] : an argument or quarrel 3 [count] : a boxing match 4 [count] : a struggle to achieve a goal or to defeat something or someone
We didn't win, but at least we put up a good fight.
They are leading/joining the fight against cancer.
the fight to defeat cancer
He's in the fight of his political life in this election.
She's in a fight for her life. [=she is struggling to stay alive]
5 [noncount] : a willingness to fight