Definition of contend
2 : to strive in debate : argue
2 : to struggle for : contest She contended every point, objected to every request … — Margaret Mead
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.
Recent Examples of contend from the Web
Democrats say the fees were slashed several years ago and want tougher oversight of insurance rates, contending the industry hasn't passed along savings.
There is a trend of teams attempting to clear enough salary cap space to sign enough top players to contend against the Cavaliers or the Warriors, the league’s two top teams.
AMD contends the new GPU design and the HBM2 memory matter as much as the drivers in making Radeon relevant for workstations again.
Several Democratic voters joined a lawsuit contending this partisan electoral map violated their rights to an equal vote.
Lawyer Michael Newdow, who is also an emergency room doctor in Sacramento, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Akron contending the language on currency violates the rights of those who do not believe in an almighty being.
Others contend that in addition to providing air traffic services, the FAA also provides oversight for those services.
Advocates of keeping the video gaming ban contend the negative effects of gambling outweigh any benefits.
The French presidency was conceived by Charles de Gaulle as an office that would bestow great power on an individual with the prestige, shrewdness, and cunning, to play contending forces against one another.
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CONTEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contend for English Language Learners
: 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
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