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[n] a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night"
[n] 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"
[n] the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"
[n] an aggressive willingness to compete; "the team was full of fight"
[n] an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
[v] be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"
[v] fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
[v] make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
[v] 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"

Misc. Definitions

\Fight\ (f[imac]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fought} (f[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fighting}.] [OE. fihten, fehten, AS. feohtan; akin to D. vechten, OHG. fehtan, G. fechten, Sw. f["a]kta, Dan. fegte, and perh. to E. fist; cf. L. pugnare to fight, pugnus fist.]
1. To strive or contend 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.
2. 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.
\Fight\, v. t.
1. 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.
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2. 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.
3. 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.
\Fight\, n. [OE. fight, feht, AS. feoht. See {Fight}, v. i.]
1. 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.
2. A struggle or contest of any kind.
3. Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him. [Colloq.]
4. A screen for the combatants in ships. [Obs.] 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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