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
The company contends the commission didn’t consider racial diversity of applicants as set in law.
The Mets, who played in the 2015 World Series, were expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, but have sputtered to a 23-28 start due to injuries to ace Noah Syndergaard, closer Jeurys Familia and slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
Vos will have to contend with a St. Joseph-Ogden batting order that boasts some pop.
SP contends in its comparison that while shareholder AEG owns the Los Angeles Kings and part-owns the Los Angeles Lakers, the OVG group can’t claim any team ownership.
Obama administration officials contended it was needed to eliminate biased financial advice that costs consumers billions of dollars annually in high fees and commissions.
Legally, if a CEO's illness threatens to affect a company's financial health, that information must be disclosed to shareholders in a timely manner, corporate governance experts contend.
Then there’s the growing chorus of Brazilians who contend that the presidency should be abolished altogether, replaced by citizens making decisions via the instant-messaging service WhatsApp.
Lawyers for the commission subsequently sued, contending the Legislature did not have authority to order the audit.
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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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