: 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.