Fight (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fought (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Fighting.] [OE. fihten, fehten, AS. feohtan; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw. fakta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist; cf. L. pugnare to fight, pugnus fist.]


To strive or contened 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.

You do fight against your country's foes. Shak.

To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. Milton.


To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.

To fight shy, to avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters; to keep out of reach.


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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.

He had to fight his way through the world. Macaulay.

I have fought a good fight. 2 Tim. iv. 7.


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.

To fight it out, to fight until a decisive and conclusive result is reached.


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Fight, n. [OE. fight, feht, AS. feoht. See Fight, v. i.]


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.

Who now defies thee thrice to single fight. Milton.


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.


Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare. Dryden.

Running fight, a fight in which the enemy is continually chased; also, one which continues without definite end or result.

Syn. -- Combat; engagement; contest; struggle; encounter; fray; affray; action; conflict. See Battle.


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