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fightverb [I/T]

 us   /fɑɪt/ (past tense and past participle fought  /fɔt/ )
to argue with or use force against another person or a group of people, or to oppose something: [T] Rebels have been fighting fierce battles with government forces. [I] They’re fighting against some powerful organizations. [I] She’s willing to fight for a more just society. [I] Those two little kids were fighting over a toy. [T] Gordon has been fighting an uphill battle to attract investors.
Two people who fight may be boxing: [T] Lewis will fight Akinwande for the heavyweight title.
fighting
noun [U]  us   /ˈfɑɪt̬·ɪŋ/
The fighting lasted a long time.

fightnoun [C]

 us   /fɑɪt/
an argument, or an occasion when someone uses force to defeat someone or oppose something: Isabelle is looking for a fight. A patient’s attitude is important in the fight against the disease. Have you got tickets for the fight (= a competition between two boxers)?
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fightverb

uk   /faɪt/  us   /faɪt/ (fought, fought)
B1 [I or T] to use physical force to try to defeat another person or group of people: There were children fighting in the playground. The soldiers fought from house to house. They fought with (= on the side of) the North against the South. The birds were fighting over (= competing for) a scrap of food. They fight like cats and dogs (= fight or argue very angrily and violently). They fought to the bitter end/to the death (= until everyone on one side was dead or completely defeated).
B2 [I or T] to use a lot of effort to defeat or achieve something, or to stop something happening: He fought the disease bravely for three years. We need the public's help in fighting crime. He fought against racism. Vitamin C is thought to help fight colds and flu. They had to fight hard for improvements to the road system. One of the passengers was fighting for her life (= so ill or injured that she might die) last night after receiving multiple injuries in the collision. With debts of over $2 million, the corporation is fighting for its life (= people are trying hard to stop it being destroyed) I had to fight (back) (= tried hard not to show or produce) the tears when he said he was leaving. The bank fought off (= successfully prevented) a takeover by another bank recently. I was getting a cold at the start of the week but I seem to have fought it off (= got rid of it).
B2 [I] informal to argue: I wish they wouldn't fight in front of the kids. I could hear them fighting about money again.

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fightnoun

uk   /faɪt/  us   /faɪt/
B1 [C] an argument or an occasion when someone uses physical force to try to defeat someone: Jeff's always getting into/starting fights. The older boys broke up (= stopped) the fight.UK I had a stand-up fight with her (= we argued strongly) about the phone bill. Do you have tickets for the big fight (= boxing competition)? He put up a fight when the police tried to arrest him.
B2 [C] a situation in which you use a lot of effort to defeat someone or achieve something, or to stop something happening: We must continue the fight against homelessness. He died last week after a long fight with cancer. They put up a good fight (= played well) against a more experienced team.
[U] the wish or ability to fight or act energetically: The team came out on the field full of fight.

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