Synonyms of fight in English:


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1‘he saw two men fighting’


brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, assault each other, attack each other, hit each other, punch each other


struggle, grapple, wrestle, scrimmage

do battle, engage in conflict, contend

spar, joust, tilt, cross swords, lock horns, lock antlers

informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a set-to

British informal have a punch-up

Scottish informal swedge

North American informal roughhouse

NZ Australian informal stoush, go the knuckle

2‘Edward went to fight in the First World War’


battle, do battle, give battle, wage war, go to war, make war, take up arms

attack, mount an attack

combat, engage, meet, clash, skirmish

be a soldier, fight for King and country, fight for Queen and country


3‘a war fought for freedom’


engage in, wage, conduct, prosecute, carry on, pursue, undertake, practise, proceed with, go on with

4‘she and her sister are always fighting’


quarrel, argue, row, bicker, squabble, have a fight, have a row, wrangle, dispute, be at odds, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at variance, have words, bandy words, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads

battle, feud

informal fall out, scrap, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog, argufy

archaic altercate, chop logic

Scottish archaic threap

5‘the firemen fought the blaze’


try to extinguish, try to put out

6‘textile workers fought against further wage reductions’


campaign, strive, battle, struggle, contend, grapple, war, crusade, agitate

speak, lobby

work, push, press

7‘party leaders warned that they would fight the decision’


oppose, contest, contend with, confront, challenge, combat, dispute, object to, quarrel with, argue against, argue with

withstand, resist, defy, fly in the face of

strive against, struggle against, take a stand against, put up a fight against, stand up and be countecatd against, take issue with, question

rare controvert


accept, support

8‘Donaldson fought the urge to put his tongue out’


repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, fight back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag

informal button up, keep the lid on, cork up


give in to


1‘he'd got into a fight outside a club’


brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbance

fisticuffs, rough and tumble

Irish Australian North American donnybrook

informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, shindy, shindig, free-for-all

British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck, bit of argy-bargy, barney

British informal afters

Scottish informal rammy, swedge, square go

North American informal roughhouse, brannigan

NZ Australian informal stoush

dated affray

rare broil, bagarre

2‘a heavyweight championship fight’


boxing match, bout, match, meeting, fixture, game, encounter

3‘Britain might have given up her fight against Germany’


battle, engagement, clash, conflict, contest, encounter

skirmish, scuffle, tussle, struggle, brush, exchange

war, campaign, crusade, warfare, combat, action, hostilities

4‘I just had a fight with my girlfriend’


argument, quarrel, squabble, row, wrangle, disagreement, difference of opinion, falling-out, contretemps, tangle, altercation, fracas

dispute, disputation, contention


informal tiff, set-to, shindig, shindy, stand-up, run-in, spat, scrap, ruction

British informal slanging match, barney, bunfight, ding-dong, bust-up, ruck

5‘their fight for control of the company’


struggle, battle, campaign, endeavour, drive, push, effort, movement, move

6‘she had no fight left in her’


will to resist, power to resist, resistance, morale, spirit, courage, pluck, pluckiness, gameness, will to win, strength, backbone, spine, mettle, stout-heartedness, determination, firmness of purpose, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, confidence

aggression, aggressiveness, belligerence, militancy, boldness, audacity, forcefulness

informal guts, grit, spunk

British informal bottle

North American informal sand, moxie


    fight back

      1‘use your pent-up anger to fight back’


      retaliate, counterattack, strike back, hit back, reply, respond, react, reciprocate, return fire, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, return the compliment, defend oneself, put up a fight, return like for like, get back at someone, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine


      requite something


      serve someone out, give someone a Roland for an Oliver


      turn the other cheek

      2‘she had to fight back tears of frustration’


      repress, restrain, suppress, stifle, smother, hold back, keep back, keep in check, check, curb, contain, control, keep under control, rein in, silence, muffle, bottle up, choke back, swallow, strangle, gag


      button up, keep the lid on, cork up


      give in to, let out

    fight for

      ‘a militant who fought for the rights of all workers’


      champion, promote, advocate, plead for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, stand up for, campaign for, lobby for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for

    fight someone/something off

      ‘he fought off a bull terrier that attacked his dog’


      repel, repulse, beat off, stave off, ward off, hold off, fend off, hold at bay, keep at bay, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, resist

    fight shy of

      ‘some people fight shy of taking out a personal loan’


      flinch from, demur from, recoil from, hang back from

      have scruples about, scruple about, have misgivings about, have qualms about, be averse to, be chary of, not be in favour of, be against, be opposed to, be diffident about, be bashful about, be shy about, be coy about

      be loath to, scruple to, be reluctant to, be unwilling to, be disinclined to, not be in the mood to, be indisposed to, be slow to, be hesitant to, be afraid to, hesitate to, hate to, not like to, not have the heart to, drag one's feet over, drag one's heels over, waver about, vacillate about, think twice about, baulk at, quail at, mind doing something


      be cagey about, boggle at