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1 the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap" [syn: fighting, combat, scrap]
2 an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
3 a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night" [syn: bout]
4 a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement" [syn: battle, conflict, engagement]
5 an aggressive willingness to compete; "the team was full of fight" [syn: competitiveness]


1 be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn: struggle]
2 fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: oppose, fight back, fight down, defend]
3 make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath" [syn: struggle]
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; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade, press, campaign, push, agitate] [also: fought]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /faɪt/, /faIt/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪt

Etymology 1

From feohtan, from . Cognate with Dutch vechten, German fechten.


  1. 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. To strive for; to campaign or contend for success.
    • He fought for the Democrats in the last election.
  3. To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    • The battle was fought just over that hill.
  4. To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
    • My grandfather fought the Nazis in the Second World War.
  5. To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
    • The government pledged to fight corruption.
to contend in physical conflict
to strive for
  • Czech: bojovat
  • Dutch: opkomen voor, ijveren voor
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: berjast
  • Japanese: 戦う / 闘う (たたかう, tatakau)
  • Khmer: (dtor-sū)
  • Portuguese: lutar
  • Russian: бороться, сражаться
  • Spanish: luchar
to conduct or engage in
to engage in combat
to counteract

Etymology 2

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


  1. An occasion of fighting.
  2. 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. In the context of "Sports": 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.
occasion of fighting
  • Albanian: luftë
  • Catalan: lluita , combat
  • Czech: boj
  • Danish: kamp
  • Dutch: gevecht
  • French: lutte, combat
  • German: Kampf
  • Hebrew: , , ,
  • Hungarian: küzdelem
  • Icelandic: slagur , bardagi
  • Italian: lotta, incontro
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شه‌ڕ
  • Latin: pugna
  • Portuguese: luta
  • Romanian: luptă
  • Russian: драка, бой
  • Scottish Gaelic: cogadh , sabaid
  • Spanish: lucha
  • Danish: kamp, slag
  • Dutch: gevecht, strijd
  • Finnish: taistelu
  • French: bataille
  • German: Kampf
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: bardagi
  • Italian: battaglia, combattimento
  • Japanese: 戦闘 (sentô)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: شه‌ڕ
  • Latin: pugna
  • Portuguese: batalha
  • Russian: битва, сражение
  • Scottish Gaelic: cogadh , sabaid , blàr
  • Swedish: strid, kamp
physical confrontation
martial arts match
  • Danish: kamp
  • Dutch: gevecht
  • Finnish: kamppailu, (ottelu)
  • French: combat
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: bardagi , slagur
  • Italian: combattimento, incontro
  • Japanese: 試合 (しあい, shiai)
  • Polish: walka
  • Portuguese: luta, combate
  • Russian: бой
  • Swedish: match, fajt
conflict of will, strife
  • Danish: kamp
  • Dutch: strijd
  • Finnish: taistelu
  • French: combativité
  • Hebrew:
  • Polish: walka
  • Russian: борьба
  • Swedish: kamp
will or ability to fight

Extensive Definition

Combat, or fighting, is purposeful violent conflict intended to establish dominance over the opposition.
The term "combat" (French for fight) typically refers to armed conflict between military forces in warfare, whereas the more general term "fighting" can refer to any violent conflict, including boxing and wrestling matches, or street fighting. Combat violence can be unilateral, whereas fighting implies at least a defensive reaction. However, the terms are often used synonymously.
Combat may take place under a certain set of rules or be unregulated. Examples of rules include the Geneva Conventions (covering the treatment of soldiers in war), medieval Chivalry, and the Marquess of Queensberry rules (covering boxing).
Combat in warfare involves two or more opposing military organizations, usually fighting for nations at war (although guerrilla warfare and suppression of insurgencies can fall outside this definition). Warfare falls under the laws of war, which govern its purposes and conduct, and protect the rights of soldiers and non-combatants.
Combat may be armed (using weapons) or unarmed (not using weapons). Hand-to-hand combat (mêlée) is combat at very close range, feeling the opponent with the body (striking, kicking, strangling, etc.) and/or with a mêlée weapon (knives, swords, batons, etc.), as opposed to firing.
Hand-to-hand combat can be further divided into three sections depending on the distance and positioning of the combatants:
fight in German: Gefecht
fight in French: Combat
fight in Portuguese: Combate
fight in Romanian: Luptă
fight in Slovak: Boj
fight in Serbian: Борба
fight in Swedish: Slagsmål
fight in Ukrainian: Бій

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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