What does contend mean?

Definitions for contendkənˈtɛnd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contend.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contend

    kon-tend′, v.i. to strive: to struggle in emulation or in opposition: to dispute or debate (with against, for, with, about): to urge one's course.—ns. Contend′ent, Contend′er, one who contends.—p.adj. Contend′ing, striving.—n. Conten′tion, a violent straining after any object: strife: debate.—adj. Conten′tious, quarrelsome.—adv. Conten′tiously.—n. Conten′tiousness. [L. contendĕre, -tentumcon, with, tendĕre, to stretch.]

Editors Contribution

  1. contend

    To manage or deal with something.

    They received the news and ouf family said we would support them as they had a lot to contend with.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contend in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Baltasar Gracian:

    Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

  2. Friedrich von Schiller:

    With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

  3. Rev. Jesse Jackson:

    We slew the goliath of raciism,but, we now must contend with his offspring.

  4. Honore' de Balzac:

    Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything familiarity.

  5. Mary Nkaru:

    Suddenly we had people with thousands of acres while others had to contend with a few hundred or less.

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Translations for contend

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يتعاملArabic
  • боря се, състезавам се, съпернича, сражавам се, споряBulgarian
  • contender, sostenerSpanish
  • ستیزه کردنPersian
  • taistella, riidellä, kamppailla, väitellä, kiistelläFinnish
  • tauwhāinga, tauwhawhai, kairapurapu, kairapuMāori
  • susțineRomanian
  • бороться, спорить, соперничатьRussian
  • strida, kämpaSwedish
  • 抗衡Chinese

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