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Meaning of “fight” - Learner’s Dictionary

fight

verb     /faɪt/ ( past tense and past participle fought)
USE FORCE [I, T] B1 When people fight, they use physical force to try to defeat each other: Two men were arrested for fighting outside a bar. Sam's always fighting with his little brother.Fighting
JOIN WAR [I, T] B2 to take part in a war: Millions of young men fought in World War I.Fighting
ARGUE [I] B2 to argue: We've got to stop fighting in front of the children.Talking angrily
TRY TO STOP [I, T] B2 to try hard to stop something bad happening: He fought against racism. New measures have been introduced to fight crime. Aspirin and vitamin C help fight colds and flu.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
TRY TO ACHIEVE [I] B2 to try hard to achieve something you want or think is right: They are fighting for their freedom. [+ to do sth] He had to fight very hard to keep his job.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
be fighting for your life to be trying very hard to stay alive when you are very sick or badly injured →  See also fight a losing battle Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sportTrying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of fight verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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