Definitions for contendkənˈtɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tend*kənˈtɛnd(v.i.)

  1. to struggle or vie in opposition or rivalry; compete:

    to contend for first prize.

  2. to strive in debate; dispute.

  3. (v.t.)to assert or maintain earnestly:

    She contended that taxes were too high.

* Syn: See compete.

Origin of contend:

1400–50; late ME < AF contendre < L contendere to compete, strive, draw tight =con-con - +tendere to stretch

con•tend′ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contend, postulate(verb)

    maintain or assert

    "He contended that Communism had no future"

  2. argue, contend, debate, fence(verb)

    have an argument about something

  3. contest, contend, repugn(verb)

    to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

    "They contested the outcome of the race"

  4. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage(verb)

    come to terms with

    "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

  5. compete, vie, contend(verb)

    compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

  6. contend, fight, struggle(verb)

    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

    "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

Wiktionary

  1. contend(Verb)

    to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

    For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood.

  2. contend(Verb)

    to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.

    You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.

  3. contend(Verb)

    to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.

    The question which our author would contend for - many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.

  4. Origin: From contendere, from com- + tendere; see tend, and compare attend, extend, intend, subtend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contend(verb)

    to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight

  2. Contend(verb)

    to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend

  3. Contend(verb)

    to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue

  4. Contend(verb)

    to struggle for; to contest


Translations for contend

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

contend(verb)

(usually with with ) to struggle against.

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