Synonyms of fight in English:

fight


See definition of fight

verb

1‘he saw two men fighting’

SYNONYMS
brawl, come to blows, exchange blows, assault each other, attack each other, hit each other, punch each other
box
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
Australian, New Zealand informal stoush, go the knuckle

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

SYNONYMS
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
crusade

3‘a war fought for freedom’

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

4‘she and her sister are always fighting’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
try to extinguish, try to put out

6‘textile workers fought against further wage reductions’

SYNONYMS
campaign, strive, battle, struggle, contend, grapple, war, crusade, agitate
speak, lobby
work, push, press

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

SYNONYMS
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
ANTONYMS

accept, support

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

SYNONYMS
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
ANTONYMS

give in to


noun

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

SYNONYMS
brawl, fracas, melee, row, rumpus, confrontation, skirmish, sparring match, exchange, struggle, tussle, scuffle, altercation, wrangle, scrum, clash, disturbance
fisticuffs, rough and tumble
Irish, North American, Australian 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
Australian, New Zealand informal stoush
dated affray
rare broil, bagarre

2‘a heavyweight championship fight’

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

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

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
argument, quarrel, squabble, row, wrangle, disagreement, difference of opinion, falling-out, contretemps, tangle, altercation, fracas
dispute, disputation, contention
feud
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’

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

6‘she had no fight left in her’

SYNONYMS
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

Phrases

    fight back

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


    SYNONYMS

    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

    formal

    requite something

    archaic

    serve someone out, give someone a Roland for an Oliver

    ANTONYMS

    turn the other cheek

    2‘she had to fight back tears of frustration’


    SYNONYMS

    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

    informal

    button up, keep the lid on, cork up

    ANTONYMS

    give in to, let out

    fight someone/something off

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


    SYNONYMS

    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’


    SYNONYMS

    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, balk at, quail at, mind doing something

    informal

    be cagey about, boggle at

    archaic

    disrelish

    fight for

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


    SYNONYMS

    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