verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\

: to say or show that (something) may not be true, correct, or legal

: to argue about (something)

: to fight in order to take control of (something)


Full Definition of DISPUTE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in argument :  debate; especially :  to argue irritably or with irritating persistence
transitive verb
a :  to make the subject of disputation <legislators hotly disputed the bill>
b :  to call into question <her honesty was never disputed>
a :  to struggle against :  oppose <disputed the advance of the invaders>
b :  to contend over <both sides disputed the bridgehead>
dis·put·able \di-ˈspyü-tə-bəl, ˈdis-pyə-\ adjective
dis·put·ably \-blē\ adverb
dis·put·er noun

Examples of DISPUTE

  1. You can dispute your bill if you believe it is inaccurate.
  2. These estimates are hotly disputed by scientists.
  3. No one ever disputed that it was the right decision.
  4. The source of the text has been disputed for centuries.
  5. a part of the city where two drug gangs are disputing territory

Origin of DISPUTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French desputer, from Latin disputare to discuss, from dis- + putare to think
First Known Use: 13th century


noun dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt, ˈdis-ˌpyüt\

: a disagreement or argument

Full Definition of DISPUTE

a :  verbal controversy :  debate
b :  quarrel
obsolete :  physical combat

Examples of DISPUTE

  1. They could not settle their dispute.
  2. There is a labor dispute between workers and management.
  3. The two farmers are involved in a land dispute.

First Known Use of DISPUTE

DISPUTABLE Defined for Kids


verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\

Definition of DISPUTE for Kids

:  to question or deny the truth or rightness of <No one ever disputed the story.>
:  argue 1 <The boys disputed over who won the race.>
:  to fight over <The two nations disputed the territory.>

Word Root of DISPUTE

The Latin word putāre, meaning to think, gives us the root put. Words from the Latin putāre have something to do with thinking. A reputation is what other people think about something or someone. To compute is to use math to think about a bunch of numbers together in order to answer a problem. To dispute is to argue because two or more people think different things.



Definition of DISPUTE for Kids

:  1debate 3 <It is a fact beyond dispute.>
:  1quarrel 1


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