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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

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

  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 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




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