befight

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *befighten, *befeghten, from Old English befeohtan (to take by fighting), equivalent to be- +‎ fight. Cognate with Dutch bevechten (to fight, combat), Middle High German bevehten.

Verb[edit]

befight (third-person singular simple present befights, present participle befighting, simple past and past participle befought)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To deprive of by fighting.
  2. (transitive, dialectal or obsolete) To fight against; contend; do battle with.