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fight

  1. v. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn: struggle]

  2. fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: oppose, fight back, fight down, defend]

  3. make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath" [syn: struggle]

  4. 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]

  5. [also: fought]

fight

  1. 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]

  2. an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"

  3. a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night" [syn: bout]

  4. 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]

  5. an aggressive willingness to compete; "the team was full of fight" [syn: competitiveness]

  6. [also: fought]

fought

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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fought

Fought \Fought\, imp. & p. p. of Fight.

Fought

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.]

  1. 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.
    --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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

fought

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And leaders have always fought the context.
▪ But in the end it shows total respect for the people who fought and died.
▪ Byers Green was designated category D. Peggy Hutchinson objected and fought and saved it from demolition.
▪ He fought many battles with the early Labour party in Lancaster and discrimination against socialist employees was alleged.
▪ Men from the village had fought in two world wars.
▪ She fought the battle for equity in officiating last year, and hoped to see good things come of it this season.
▪ The people have fought him on the island, in the park and now on the freeway.
▪ Their sons fought the Viet-nam War, and many did not return.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fought

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.

Wiktionary

fought

vb. (en-past of: fight)

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.