contend

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verb con·tend \ kən-ˈtend \

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

Examples of contend in a Sentence

  1. These people contend that they have earned the right to the land.

  2. The team is expected to contend for the championship this year.

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Origin and Etymology of contend

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



CONTEND Defined for English Language Learners

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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


CONTEND Defined for Kids

contend

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verb con·tend \ kən-ˈtend \

Definition of contend for Students

contended; contending
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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