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fight
American English: /faɪt/
British English: /fʌɪt/

Translation of fight in Spanish:

intransitive verb past tense & past participle fought

  • 1
    (army/country)
    luchar
    combatir
    (person)
    pelear
    luchar
    (animal)
    luchar
    he fought in the First World War
    combatió or luchó en la primera guerra mundial
    to fight to the death
    pelear or luchar a muerte
    to fight against somebody
    luchar ( or combatir etc) contra alguien
    to fight against something
    luchar contra algo
    to fight for somebody/something
    (for king/country/cause)
    luchar por alguien/algo
    (for aim/policy)
    luchar por conseguir or lograr algo
    he fights for a living
    se gana la vida boxeando
    she was fighting for her life
    se debatía entre la vida y la muerte
    he had to fight for breath
    le costaba muchísimo respirar
    to go down fighting
    luchar hasta el final
    to fight shy of something/-inghe tends to fight shy of emotional commitments
    tiende a eludir or evitar los compromisos afectivos
    he always fights shy of meeting the press
    siempre procura esquivar or eludir a los periodistas
    Example sentences
    • A study found that girls as young as 13 are smoking, swearing, fighting, drinking and disrupting lessons in ever higher numbers.
    • Her personal bodyguards fought valiantly to keep by her side.
    • Needless to say, I struggled and fought like hell the whole damn way.
    Example sentences
    • He returns to battle and fights, pushing ever closer to the walls of the city.
    • The people of Arnhem yesterday welcomed back the old soldiers who fought so bravely to free them 60 years ago.
    • People come and go, epochs change, battles are fought, wars won and lost, but India exists.
    Example sentences
    • The pundits tell us that this entire election was fought over a difference of opinion about how to spend 2% of our GDP.
    • It is a contest being fought by e-mail, direct mail and telephone, alongside the traditional door knock.
    • A close contest was fought with the American Lisa Raymond on Court 18.
  • 2 (quarrel)to fight over/about something
    (couple/brothers/friends)
    pelearse por algo
    Example sentences
    • They have been fighting over custody issues for an epic two years.
    • Does your child hear you talking about troubles at work or fighting with your spouse about financial matters?
    • George I and his son shared a deep mutual dislike for each other, were political opposites, and fought constantly.
  • 3
    also: fighting present participle
    (troops/units)
    de combate
    2,000 fighting men were sent to the front
    enviaron 2.000 combatientes or soldados al frente
    Example sentences
    • He fights his vessel well.

transitive verb past tense & past participle fought

  • 1 1.1
    (army/country)
    luchar or combatir contra
    if you want it, you'll have to fight me for it
    si lo quieres vas a tener que vértelas conmigo
    Frazier fought Ali for the world title (in boxing)
    Frazier peleó contra Ali or se enfrentó a Ali por el título mundial
    to fight one's way
    abrirse camino or paso a la fuerza
    I had to fight my way into the hall
    tuve que abrirme camino or paso a la fuerza para entrar en la sala
    1.2 (oppose)
    (fire/disease)
    combatir
    (measure/proposal)
    combatir
    oponerse a
    luchar contra
    I want to go so don't fight me on this
    quiero ir, así que no te me opongas
    we'll fight them all the way
    no les vamos a dar cuartel
    Example sentences
    • The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to expand the government's powers to fight terrorism.
    • Why do we fight even what we know to be in our own vital interests?
    • Forty fire trucks and 440 firefighters valiantly fought the blaze for three hours.
  • 2 2.1 (wage, conduct) to fight a duel
    batirse en or a duelo
    to fight a battle
    librar una batalla
    they fought a long war against the rebels
    lucharon contra los rebeldes or combatieron a los rebeldes durante largo tiempo
    2.2 (contest)
    (election)
    presentarse a
    we intend to fight the case (Law)
    pensamos llevar el caso a los tribunales ( or defendernos etc)
    to fight a seat (British English) (Politics)
    presentarse como candidato para conseguir un escaño

noun

  • 1 countable 1.1 (between persons)
    (between armies, companies) lucha (feminine)
    contienda (feminine)
    to put up a good fight
    ofrecer or oponer resistencia
    if you want a fight then I'm ready
    si quieres pelea or si quieres pelear, aquí estoy
    I'll give him a fight if he wants one
    le voy a hacer frente si me provoca
    they're looking for a fight
    están buscando camorra or bronca
    in a fair fight
    Example sentences
    • Her right arm is in bandages after she got into a fight at a nightclub with a crazed fan.
    • Another time everything was going fine in America until he got into a fight with a Columbian man and once more was deported.
    • Somewhere between Colorado and New Mexico he got into a fight with an irate florist.
    Example sentences
    • Every combatant there went into the arena in full battle gear for a fight to death or surrender.
    • There were casualties in wars, battles, fights; He knew and understood this.
    • The two shared their ideas on battles and fights and the results came up with a quite an interesting effect.
    1.2 (boxing match)
    Example sentences
    • This was his last hurrah but even today, he still stays in the boxing games by refereeing fights in Ohio.
    • This year will also witness the last fights of boxing legend Lennox Lewis.
    • The only time he was ever shook or stopped were in his fights with Holmes and Tyson.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (struggle) the fight against poverty/for freedom
    la lucha contra la pobreza/por la libertad
    the fight to survive
    la lucha por la supervivencia or para sobrevivir
    Example sentences
    • A mother dying from cancer has lost her fight for life and the chance to see her imprisoned son for the first time in three years.
    • The only way to make them say yes is to collect the people in a movement that is seen as a fight for the basic rights of individuals.
    • But Mr Aldred said he will never give up in his fight for justice.
    2.2 (quarrel) to pick a fight with somebody
    meterse con alguien
    Example sentences
    • And, you know, like any normal couple, we have our fights and arguments and disagreements.
    • In the future, fights and disagreements between husbands and wives will simply result in the immediate end of their marriages.
    • There were no fights, no arguments, nothing of the sort.
  • 3 uncountable (fighting spirit) he was still full of fight
    aún seguía con ganas de pelear
    there's no fight left in him
    no le quedan ánimos para luchar
    Example sentences
    • By late October, they were being hailed for their spirit and fight.
    • I realised that I had no fight left in me, no strength left to challenge what was being said.
    • Alex praised us for our spirit and fight and he's got to take a lot of credit for the tactics he used.

Phrasal verbs

fight back

1verb + adverb
defenderse
to fight back against somebody/something
luchar contra alguien/algo
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (suppress)
(tears)
contener
(anger)
reprimir
she fought back the impulse to laugh
trató de aguantar la risa

fight down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(suppress)
(fear)
vencer
(anger)
reprimir
(tears)
contener

fight off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(attack/enemy)
rechazar
(cold)
combatir
she struggled to fight off sleep
trató de que no la venciera el sueño

fight on

verb + adverb
seguir luchando

fight out

verb + object + adverb
they are now fighting it out for second place
ahora están compitiendo por el segundo puesto
you'll have to fight it out among yourselves
tendrán que resolverlo or [formal] dirimirlo entre ustedes

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