Etymology: [ fIt ] (verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan (“to fight”), from Proto-Germanic *fehtanan (“to fight”) (cf. West Frisian fjochtsje, Dutch vechten, German fechten), from Proto-Indo-European *peuk̑, *puk̑ (cf. Irish uigim ‘I stitch’, Latin pugnus ‘fist’, Tocharian B pyāk ‘to strike down, batter’, Albanian përpjek ‘I strike’, Ancient Greek πύξ (pyx, “with the fist”), πύκτης (pýktēs, “boxer”)).
Synonyms: action, affray, aggression, aggressiveness, altercate, altercation, argue, argument, assault, attack, backbone, bandy with, battle, battle royal, bear arms, belligerence, bicker, boldness, bout, box
Antonyms: peace, agree, make peace, surrender, yield, believe, support, uphold
Tenses: fights, fighting, fought, fought