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contend

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verb con·tend \kən-ˈtend\

Simple Definition of contend

  • : to argue or state (something) in a strong and definite way

  • : to compete with someone or for something : to compete with a good chance of winning

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strive or vie in contest or rivalry or against difficulties :  struggle

  3. 2 :  to strive in debate :  argue

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  maintain, assert <contended that he was right>

  6. 2 :  to struggle for :  contest

Examples of contend in a sentence

  1. These people contend that they have earned the right to the land.

  2. The team is expected to contend for the championship this year.



Origin and Etymology of contend

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French contendre, from Latin contendere, from com- + tendere to stretch — more at thin


First Known Use: 15th century



CONTEND Defined for Kids

contend

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verb con·tend \kən-ˈtend\

Definition of contend for Students

contended

contending

  1. 1 :  compete <contend for a prize>

  2. 2 :  to try hard to deal with <He has many problems to contend with.>

  3. 3 :  to argue or state earnestly <She contends the test was unfair.>





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