Definition of Contend

1. Verb. Maintain or assert. "He contended that Communism had no future"

Exact synonyms: Postulate
Generic synonyms: Claim
Derivative terms: Contention



2. Verb. Have an argument about something. "Sam wants to contend with Sue "

3. Verb. To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation. ; "They contested the outcome of the race"
Exact synonyms: Contest, Repugn
Generic synonyms: Oppose
Specialized synonyms: Challenge, Dispute, Gainsay
Derivative terms: Contention, Contest, Contestable, Contestation, Contestee, Contester, Repugnance

4. Verb. Come to terms with. "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

5. Verb. Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others.
Exact synonyms: Compete, Vie
Specialized synonyms: Go For, Try For, Play, Run Off, Race, Run, Rival, Emulate, Equal, Match, Rival, Touch
Derivative terms: Competition, Competitive, Competitor, Competitory, Contender, Contention

6. Verb. Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight. "Sam cannot contend Sue "; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

Definition of Contend

1. v. i. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

2. v. t. To struggle for; to contest.

Definition of Contend

1. Verb. to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight. ¹

2. Verb. to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend. ¹

3. Verb. to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contend

1. to vie [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: vie

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Literary usage of Contend

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"They contend that it was no part of the policy of Spanish or Mexican government ... They contend, also, that any legislation repugnant to this policy of the ..."

2. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"Nay even now among some of tho barbarianĀ», and Ā«'specially those of Asia, prizes for boxing nnd wrestling arc given, nnd they wear girdles when they contend ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Two peasants wrangle o'er their boundaries, Both stand, their gauges in their hands, short space Dividing, and for equal rights contend ; So, parted only by ..."

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