Dictionary

1dispute

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)

dis·put·eddis·put·ing

Full Definition of DISPUTE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in argument :  debate; especially :  to argue irritably or with irritating persistence
transitive verb
1
a :  to make the subject of disputation <legislators hotly disputed the bill>
b :  to call into question <her honesty was never disputed>
2
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
ADVERTISEMENT

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

2dispute

noun dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt, ˈdis-ˌpyüt\

: a disagreement or argument

Full Definition of DISPUTE

1
a :  verbal controversy :  debate
b :  quarrel
2
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

1555
DISPUTE Defined for Kids

1dispute

verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\
dis·put·eddis·put·ing

Definition of DISPUTE for Kids

1
:  to question or deny the truth or rightness of <No one ever disputed the story.>
2
:  argue 1 <The boys disputed over who won the race.>
3
:  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.

2dispute

noun

Definition of DISPUTE for Kids

1
:  1debate 3 <It is a fact beyond dispute.>
2
:  1quarrel 1

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: disqualificationPrevious Word in the Dictionary: disputativeAll Words Near: dispute
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears