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FIGHT (fought)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fight mean? 

FIGHT (noun)
  The noun FIGHT has 5 senses:

1. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
2. an intense verbal dispute
3. a boxing or wrestling match
4. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
5. an aggressive willingness to compete

  Familiarity information: FIGHT used as a noun is common.


FIGHT (verb)
  The verb FIGHT has 4 senses:

1. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
2. fight against or resist strongly
3. make a strenuous or labored effort
4. 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

  Familiarity information: FIGHT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FIGHT (noun)


Sense 1fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of fighting; any contest or struggle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fighting; fight; combat; scrap

Context examples:

a fight broke out at the hockey game / there was fighting in the streets / the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap

Hypernyms ("fight" is a kind of...):

battle; conflict; struggle (an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals))

Meronyms (parts of "fight"):

blow (a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fight"):

fistfight; fisticuffs; slugfest (a fight with bare fists)

banging; battering (the act of subjecting to strong attack)

beating; whipping (the act of overcoming or outdoing)

affray; disturbance; fray; ruffle (a noisy fight)

brawl; free-for-all (a noisy fight in a crowd)

cut-and-thrust; knife fight; snickersnee (fighting with knives)

gang fight; rumble (a fight between rival gangs of adolescents)

single combat (a fight between two people)

affaire d'honneur; duel (a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor)

dogfight; hassle; rough-and-tumble; scuffle; tussle (disorderly fighting)

gunfight; gunplay; shootout (a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten)

brush; clash; encounter; skirmish (a minor short-term fight)

close-quarter fighting (hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters)

dogfight (a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling))

fencing (the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules))

in-fighting (conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders))

set-to (a brief but vigorous fight)

impact; shock (the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat)


Sense 2fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An intense verbal dispute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate

Hypernyms ("fight" is a kind of...):

arguing; argument; contention; contestation; controversy; disceptation; disputation; tilt (a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement)


Sense 3fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A boxing or wrestling match

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the fight was on television last night

Hypernyms ("fight" is a kind of...):

boxing; fisticuffs; pugilism (fighting with the fists)


Sense 4fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

battle; engagement; conflict; fight

Context examples:

Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga / he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement

Hypernyms ("fight" is a kind of...):

action; military action (a military engagement)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fight"):

Armageddon (any catastrophically destructive battle)

assault (close fighting during the culmination of a military attack)

dogfight (an aerial engagement between fighter planes)

armed combat; combat (an engagement fought between two military forces)

naval battle (a pitched battle between naval fleets)

pitched battle (a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place)

Instance hyponyms:

Battle of Britain (the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it)

Drogheda (in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants)

Holonyms ("fight" is a part of...):

war; warfare (the waging of armed conflict against an enemy)


Sense 5fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An aggressive willingness to compete

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

competitiveness; fight

Context example:

the team was full of fight

Hypernyms ("fight" is a kind of...):

aggressiveness (the quality of being bold and enterprising)


FIGHT (verb)


Sense 1fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight; struggle; contend

Context examples:

the tribesmen fought each other / Siblings are always fighting / Militant groups are contending for control of the country

"Fight" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fight"):

tourney (engage in a tourney)

feud (carry out a feud)

skirmish (engage in a skirmish)

bandy (exchange blows)

fence (fight with fencing swords)

box (engage in a boxing match)

spar (fight with spurs)

scuffle; tussle (fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters)

wrestle (engage in a wrestling match)

engage; wage (carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns))

chicken-fight; chickenfight (fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders)

joust (joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback)

duel (fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman)

bear down (exert full strength)

fistfight (fight with the fists)

join battle (engage in a conflict)

tug (struggle in opposition)

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

get back; settle (get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury)

fight back (defend oneself)

battle; combat (battle or contend against in or as if in a battle)

war (make or wage war)

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue fight
Sam cannot fight Sue

Also:

fight off (force or drive back)


Sense 2fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fight against or resist strongly

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight down; fight; fight back; oppose; defend

Context examples:

The senator said he would oppose the bill / Don't fight it!

Hypernyms (to "fight" is one way to...):

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fight"):

drive back; fight off; rebuff; repel; repulse (force or drive back)

hold out; resist; stand firm; withstand (stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something)

fend; resist; stand (withstand the force of something)

recalcitrate (show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a strenuous or labored effort

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

struggle; fight

Context examples:

She struggled for years to survive without welfare / He fought for breath

Hypernyms (to "fight" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fight"):

drive; labor; labour; push; tug (strive and make an effort to reach a goal)

flounder (behave awkwardly; have difficulties)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4fight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

crusade; campaign; agitate; fight; push; press

Context examples:

The liberal party pushed for reforms / She is crusading for women's rights / The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate

Hypernyms (to "fight" is one way to...):

advertise; advertize; promote; push (make publicity for; try to sell (a product))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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