fight vs oppose what difference

what is difference between fight and oppose


Etymology 1

From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan (to fight, combat, strive), from Proto-West Germanic *fehtan, from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (to comb, tease, shear, struggle with), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (to comb, shear).

Cognate with Scots fecht (to fight), West Frisian fjochtsje, fjuchte (to fight), Dutch vechten (to fight), Low German fechten (to fight), German fechten (to fight, fence), Swedish fäkta (to fence, to fight (using blade weapons), to wave vigorously (and carelessly) with one’s arms), Latin pectō (comb, thrash, verb), Albanian pjek (to hit, strive, fight), Ancient Greek πέκω (pékō, comb or card wool, verb). Related also to Old English feht (wool, shaggy pelt, fleece).


  • enPR: fīt, IPA(key): /faɪt/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): [fʌɪt]
  • Rhymes: -aɪt


fight (third-person singular simple present fights, present participle fighting, simple past fought, past participle fought or (archaic) foughten)

  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
  2. (reciprocal) To contend in physical conflict with each other, either singly or in war, battle etc.
  3. (intransitive) To strive for something; to campaign or contend for success.
  4. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    • 1856, Thomas Macaulay, Life of Samuel Johnson
      was left to fight his way through the world.
    • I have fought a good fight.
  5. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
  6. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
  7. (transitive, archaic) To cause to fight; to manage or manoeuvre in a fight.
  8. (intransitive) Of colours or other design elements: to clash; to fail to harmonize.
  • See also Thesaurus:fight
Derived terms
  • Sranan Tongo: feti

Etymology 2

From Middle English fight, feyght, fiȝt, fecht, from Old English feoht, ġefeoht, from Proto-West Germanic *fehtan, from Proto-Germanic *fehtą, *gafehtą (fight, struggle), from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (to struggle with). Cognate with Dutch gevecht, German Gefecht.


fight (countable and uncountable, plural fights)

  1. An occasion of fighting.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
  4. (sports) A boxing or martial arts match.
  5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
  6. (uncountable) The will or ability to fight.
  7. (obsolete) A screen for the combatants in ships.
    • 1673, John Dryden, Amboyna
      Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare.
  • See also Thesaurus:fight
Derived terms
  • Sranan Tongo: feti
    • Dutch: fittie
  • Japanese: ファイト (faito)



From Middle English opposen, from Old French opposer, from Latin ob (before, against) + Medieval Latin pausare (to put), taking the place of Latin opponere (to oppose).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈpəʊz/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /əˈpoʊz/, [ʔəpʰoʊːz̥]
  • Rhymes: -əʊz
  • Hyphenation: op‧pose


oppose (third-person singular simple present opposes, present participle opposing, simple past and past participle opposed)

  1. To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against.
    Synonyms: confront, withstand, resist, hinder, obstruct, buck
  2. To object to.
    Synonyms: take issue with, speak out, contest, repugn, argue
  3. To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
    • , Book I
      I may [] oppose my single opinion to his.
  4. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.


  • be against, fight (against), check, bar, block, prevent, take on, counter, contest, resist, confront, face, combat, defy, thwart, contradict, withstand, stand up to, hinder, struggle against, obstruct, fly in the face of, take issue with, be hostile to, counterattack, speak out against, be in opposition to, be in defiance of, strive against, set one’s face against, take a stand, make a stand against


  • support

Derived terms

  • opposable

Related terms

  • opponent
  • opposer
  • opposite
  • opposition


Further reading

  • oppose in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • oppose in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • oppose at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • oppoes





  1. first-person singular present indicative of opposer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of opposer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of opposer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of opposer
  5. second-person singular imperative of opposer




  1. third-person singular past historic of opporre

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