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
Examples of contend in a sentence
These people contend that they have earned the right to the land.
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
Rhymes with contend
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