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English noun: fight

1. fight (act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war


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


Synonymsbattle, conflict, engagement


Broader (hypernym)action, military action


Narrower (hyponym)Armageddon, armed combat, assault, combat, dogfight, naval battle, pitched battle


Instance hyponymBattle of Britain, Drogheda


Part meronymwar, warfare


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. fight (act) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle


SamplesA fight broke out at the hockey game.
There was fighting in the streets.
The unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap.


Synonymscombat, fighting, scrap


Broader (hypernym)battle, conflict, struggle


Narrower (hyponym)affaire d'honneur, affray, banging, battering, beating, brawl, brush, clash, close-quarter fighting, cut-and-thrust, disturbance, dogfight, dogfight, duel, encounter, fencing, fistfight, fisticuffs, fray, free-for-all, gang fight, gunfight, gunplay, hassle, impact, in-fighting, knife fight, rough-and-tumble, ruffle, rumble, scuffle, set-to, shock, shootout, single combat, skirmish, slugfest, snickersnee, tussle, whipping


Part holonymblow

3. fight (attribute) an aggressive willingness to compete


SamplesThe team was full of fight.


Synonymscompetitiveness


Broader (hypernym)aggressiveness

4. fight (communication) an intense verbal dispute


SamplesA violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate.


Broader (hypernym)arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt

5. fight (act) a boxing or wrestling match


SamplesThe fight was on television last night.


Broader (hypernym)boxing, fisticuffs, pugilism


English verb: fight

1. fight (competition) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight


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


ExamplesSam and Sue fight, Sam cannot fight Sue


Synonymscontend, struggle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Narrower (hyponym)assail, attack, bandy, battle, bear down, box, chicken-fight, chickenfight, combat, defend, duel, engage, fence, feud, fight, fight back, fight back, fight down, fistfight, get back, join battle, joust, oppose, scuffle, settle, skirmish, spar, tourney, tug, tussle, wage, war, wrestle


Entailcompete, contend, vie

2. fight (competition) fight against or resist strongly


SamplesThe senator said he would oppose the bill.
Don't fight it!.


Synonymsdefend, fight back, fight down, oppose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle


Narrower (hyponym)drive back, fend, fight off, hold out, rebuff, recalcitrate, repel, repulse, resist, resist, stand, stand firm, withstand

3. fight (social) make a strenuous or labored effort


SamplesShe struggled for years to survive without welfare.
He fought for breath.


Synonymsstruggle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)assay, attempt, essay, seek, try


Narrower (hyponym)drive, flounder, labor, labour, push, tug

4. fight (social) 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


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


Synonymsagitate, campaign, crusade, press, push


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)advertise, advertize, promote, push


Verb groupadvertise, advertize, promote, push









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