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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.


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.


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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