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English

Pronunciation

Fight (brawl)

Etymology 1

From Old English feohtan, from Proto-West-Germanic *fextanan. Cognate with Dutch vechten, German fechten.

Verb

Infinitive
to fight

Third person singular
fights

Simple past
fought

Past participle
fought or foughten

Present participle
fighting

to fight (third-person singular simple present fights, present participle fighting, simple past fought, past participle fought or foughten)
  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
    • The two boxers have been fighting for more than half an hour.
    • A wounded animal will fight like a maniac.
  2. (intransitive) To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
    • He fought for the Democrats in the last election.
  3. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    • The battle was fought just over that hill.
  4. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
    • My grandfather fought the Nazis in the Second World War.
  5. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
    • The government pledged to fight corruption.
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Etymology 2

From Old English feoht, from the verb. Corresponding to Dutch gevecht, German Gefecht.

Noun

Singular
fight

Plural
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  1. An occasion of fighting.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
    • Watch your language, are you looking for a fight?
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A boxing or martial arts match.
    • I'm going to Nick’s to watch the big fight tomorrow night.
  5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
    • I'll put up a fight to save this company.
  6. The will or ability to fight
    • As soon as he saw the size of his opponent, all the fight went out of him.
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