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fighting Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
    scrap; combat; fight.
    • a fight broke out at the hockey game
    • there was fighting in the streets
    • the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap
  2. verb be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    contend; struggle; fight.
    • the tribesmen fought each other
    • Siblings are always fighting
    • Militant groups are contending for control of the country
  3. verb fight against or resist strongly
    defend; fight down; oppose; fight back; fight.
    • The senator said he would oppose the bill
    • Don't fight it!
  4. verb make a strenuous or labored effort
    struggle; fight.
    • She struggled for years to survive without welfare
    • He fought for breath
  5. verb 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
    campaign; agitate; fight; push; crusade; press.
    • The liberal party pushed for reforms
    • She is crusading for women's rights
    • The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate
  6. adjective satellite engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
    active; combat-ready.
    • on active duty
    • the platoon is combat-ready
    • review the fighting forces

Fight"ing adjective
  1. Qualified for war; fit for battle.
    An host of fighting men. 2 Chron. xxvi. 11.
  2. Occupied in war; being the scene of a battle; as, a fighting field. Pope.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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