Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fought \Fought\, imp. & p. p. of Fight.
Fight \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.]
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.
To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
past tense and past participle of fight (v.). The past participle form foughten (Old English fohten) has been archaic since 18c. but occasionally appears in the phrase foughten field.
vb. (en-past of: fight)
v. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn: struggle]
make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath" [syn: struggle]
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" [syn: crusade, press, campaign, push, agitate]
n. the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap" [syn: fighting, combat, scrap]
an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night" [syn: bout]
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" [syn: battle, conflict, engagement]
an aggressive willingness to compete; "the team was full of fight" [syn: competitiveness]
Usage examples of "fought".
As this was the first English sea fight in the Crusades, and the first in which a King of all England fought, the date should be set down: the 7th of June, 1191.
For she fought overwhelming numbers with a dauntless courage that nothing could surpass.
The French commander was Eustace the Monk, a Flemish hireling who had fought first for John and then for Louis.
Another and most important point about the Hundred Years War is this: that it does not stand alone in history, but is only the first of the two very different kinds of Hundred Years War which France and England have fought out.
The first big battle of the first Hundred Years War was fought in 1340 between the French and English fleets at Sluys, a little seaport up a river in the western corner of what is Holland now.
English for the first time fought a Spanish fleet and won a battle sometimes called Winchelsea and sometimes Espagnols-sur-mer or Spaniards-on-the-sea.
Their Genoese hirelings fought well at the beginning, but made off towards the end.
But England was torn in two by the Wars of the Roses, in which the great lords and their followers fought about the succession to the throne, each party wanting to have a king of its own choice.
West against East and of Christ against Mahomet by beating the Turks at Lepanto, near Corinth, in a great battle on landlocked water, a hundred miles from where the West had defeated the East when Greeks fought Persians at Salamis two thousand years before.
They were fought by soldiers under generals, not by sailors under admirals.
And we know that the Queen, her Councillors, and the great mass of English people would have fought the Spanish army bravely enough had it ever landed.
Sir Richard Grenville, fought her single-handed against a whole encircling fleet of Spain.
Two fresh enemies then closed in, grappled, boarded, fought with fury, and were barely driven back.
I have ended my life as a true soldier ought to do, that hath fought for his Queen and Country, honour and religion.
The first battle was fought on the 3rd of June, 1665, and won by the British, who broke through the Dutch line.