|1.||[ noun ] the act of fighting; any contest or struggle|
|Synonyms:||fighting combat scrap|
"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
|Related terms:||conflict brush hassle shock beating gunfight battering fistfight duel affray in-fighting knife_fight brawl dogfight fencing rumble set-to blow quarrel|
|2.||[ noun ] an intense verbal dispute|
"a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
|Related terms:||controversy dispute|
|3.||[ verb ] be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight|
"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting"
|Related terms:||attack engage battle struggle fight_back skirmish fistfight feud war join_battle box duel tug bear_down chicken-fight settle bandy fence joust spar wrestle chicken_fight tourney tussle repel conflict combatant fighter compete|
|4.||[ noun ] (sport,boxing) a boxing match|
"the fight was on television last night"
|5.||[ noun ] (military) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war|
|Synonyms:||battle engagement conflict|
"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
|Related terms:||military_action combat assault dogfight naval_battle Drogheda Armageddon Battle_of_Britain pitched_battle war military battle|
|6.||[ verb ] fight against or resist strongly|
|Synonyms:||oppose defend fight_down fight_back|
"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"
|Related terms:||resist repel resist recalcitrate combatant confrontation fighter|
|7.||[ verb ] make a strenuous or labored effort|
"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"
|Related terms:||try tug flounder competitiveness struggle|
|8.||[ noun ] an aggressive willingness to compete|
"the team was full of fight"
|9.||[ verb ] (politics) 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|
|Synonyms:||campaign agitate push press crusade|
"The liberal party pushed for reforms" "She is crusading for women's rights"
|Related terms:||advertize advertise advertise campaign push reformer|