contend

verb
con·​tend | \kən-ˈtend \
contended; contending; contends

Definition of contend 

intransitive verb

1 : to strive or vie in contest or rivalry or against difficulties : struggle contended with the problems of municipal government will contend for the championship this year

2 : to strive in debate : argue

transitive verb

1 : maintain, assert contended that he was right contends that the new law would help only the wealthy

2 : to struggle for : contest She contended every point, objected to every request …— Margaret Mead

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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.

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Most gerrymandering lawsuits have invoked the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection guarantee, contending that lawmakers violated their duty to treat all voters equally. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Maryland to Appeal Gerrymandering Ruling, Setting Up New Supreme Court Battle," 15 Nov. 2018 In short, the dream of just unplugging your laptop from a USB-C dongle, plugging in your iPad, and having all of your screens, hard drives, and accessories work may not be as simple as the ports contend. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Adding USB-C to the iPad isn’t enough to fix Apple’s messy port strategy," 31 Oct. 2018 With nine minutes to go, the championship-contending #54 was forced to stop for fuel, going from fourth to seventh in the process. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing," 18 Oct. 2018 Studying the market and ensuring no cars are driving around too long without passengers is a big part of that, Council members contend. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win," 2 Aug. 2018 Iran denies involvement and contends the allegations against its diplomat are intended to damage its relations with the European Union. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says there ‘might be an escalation’ between US, Iran," 12 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The contractor, Swinerton Builders of San Francisco, filed a $36 million lien on the tower in February, contending the Kings' development group, SG Downtown LLC, owes them and contractors that amount in unpaid work. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Kings sue contractor over soaring costs at unfinished downtown tower project," 4 July 2018 O’Connor often sought to split the difference between the contending extremes. Akhil Reed Amar, Time, "What Justice Kennedy's Legacy Could Mean for the Future of the Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 The companies may still have to contend with other states. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of contend

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for contend

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French contendre, from Latin contendere, from com- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

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contend

verb

English Language Learners 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

contend

verb
con·​tend | \kən-ˈtend \
contended; contending

Kids Definition of contend

1 : compete contend for a prize

2 : to try hard to deal with He has many problems to contend with.

3 : to argue or state earnestly She contends the test was unfair.

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