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Meaning of 'fight' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Fight [ v. i.]
- To strive or contend for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.
- To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
- A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc.
- A struggle or contest of any kind.
- Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him.
- A screen for the combatants in ships.
2 . Fight [ v. t.]
- To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause.
- To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.
- To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.

Meaning of 'fight' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . fight [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
Example in sentence:
  • a fight broke out at the hockey game;
  • the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap;
  • there was fighting in the streets
Meaning (2):
- an intense verbal dispute
Example in sentence:
  • a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate
Meaning (3):
- a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
Example in sentence:
  • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga;
  • he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
Meaning (4):
- a boxing or wrestling match
Example in sentence:
  • the fight was on television last night
Meaning (5):
- an aggressive willingness to compete
Example in sentence:
  • the team was full of fight
6 . fight [ v]
Meaning (6):
- fight against or resist strongly
Example in sentence:
  • Don't fight it!;
  • The senator said he would oppose the bill
Meaning (7):
- make a strenuous or labored effort
Example in sentence:
  • He fought for breath;
  • She struggled for years to survive without welfare
Meaning (8):
- be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
Example in sentence:
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country;
  • Siblings are always fighting;
  • the tribesmen fought each other
Meaning (9):
- 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
Example in sentence:
  • She is crusading for women's rights;
  • The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate;
  • The liberal party pushed for reforms