Definition of contend
- She contended every point, objected to every request …
- —Margaret Mead
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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: 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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