dispute

verb
dis·​pute | \ di-ˈspyüt How to pronounce dispute (audio) \
disputed; disputing

Definition of dispute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in argument : debate especially : to argue irritably or with irritating persistence

transitive verb

1a : to make the subject of verbal controversy or disputation Legislators hotly disputed the bill.
b : to call into question or cast doubt upon Her honesty was never disputed. The witness disputed the defendant's claim.
2a : to struggle against : oppose disputed the advance of the invaders
b : to contend over disputing ownership of the land

dispute

noun
dis·​pute | \ di-ˈspyüt How to pronounce dispute (audio) , ˈdi-ˌspyüt How to pronounce dispute (audio) \

Definition of dispute (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : verbal controversy : debate a dispute about what to do with the surplus a landlord-tenant dispute legal disputes The matter is still in dispute.
b : quarrel Police were called to a domestic dispute.
2 obsolete : physical combat

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Other Words from dispute

Verb

disputable \ di-​ˈspyü-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce dispute (audio) , ˈdi-​spyə-​ \ adjective
disputably \ di-​ˈspyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce dispute (audio) , ˈdi-​spyə-​ \ adverb
disputer noun

Examples of dispute in a Sentence

Verb You can dispute your bill if you believe it is inaccurate. These estimates are hotly disputed by scientists. No one ever disputed that it was the right decision. The source of the text has been disputed for centuries. a part of the city where two drug gangs are disputing territory Noun They could not settle their dispute. There is a labor dispute between workers and management. The two farmers are involved in a land dispute.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, in a goodwill gesture last month, the EU agreed to suspend plans to escalate tariffs against U.S. products in the metals dispute. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Just 41 licenses for French boats have thus far been granted there, which spurred the May dispute and continues to anger the French. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2021 However, none have cracked the top-tier in recent polling dispute the perception of New York City as a progressive haven. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Rice has requested body cam video, dash cam video, drone footage and social media posts from the city to determine whether his clients can dispute their charges. al, 28 May 2021 While some dispute the idea that Bitcoin can act as an inflation hedge, the argument has been a key tenet for its bullish thesis and rings true for a lot of crypto fans. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2021 Phelan’s office did not dispute that characterization of events. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021 The San Diego Housing Commission issued a statement Friday that did not dispute any of the Voice of San Diego report. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2021 The Louisiana State Police did not dispute AP’s characterizations of the body-camera footage Wednesday and declined to share the video, saying federal and state authorities are still reviewing Greene’s death. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American goods like peanut butter, suitcases and tobacco got caught up in the dispute as well. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 16 June 2021 The Common Council unanimously approved two measures Tuesday, each authorizing up to $45,000 — the first to pay for the special counsel and the second to allow the hiring of an attorney to represent the Common Council in the dispute. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 Authorities said a male was involved in a dispute with a woman and began firing at her inside the Big Bear Supermarket at the South DeKalb mall in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur. Fox News, 15 June 2021 Increasingly, however, Chinese leaders’ message is failing to resonate, in part because of how quickly Beijing has acted to make its market inaccessible, most recently in a dispute with Australia. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 14 June 2021 Then there was his ruling in a dispute over a lease that prohibited competing delicatessens in a downtown Boston building. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 For cholera in the 1830s and ’40s, as last year for COVID-19, even basic scientific facts were in dispute. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021 Details of the incident emerged in a dispute between the contractor and its insurer over who should pay. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 Officers responded May 25 to an ongoing neighbor dispute involving two men, who had confronted each other in the street. cleveland, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of dispute

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dispute

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French desputer, from Latin disputare to discuss, from dis- + putare to think

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The first known use of dispute was in the 13th century

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“Dispute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispute. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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dispute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dispute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say or show that (something) may not be true, correct, or legal
: to argue about (something)
formal : to fight in order to take control of (something)

dispute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dispute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a disagreement or argument

dispute

verb
dis·​pute | \ di-ˈspyüt How to pronounce dispute (audio) \
disputed; disputing

Kids Definition of dispute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to question or deny the truth or rightness of No one ever disputed the story.
2 : argue sense 1 The boys disputed over who won the race.
3 : to fight over The two nations disputed the territory.

dispute

noun

Kids Definition of dispute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : debate entry 1 sense 3 It is a fact beyond dispute.

dispute

verb
dis·​pute | \ di-ˈspyüt How to pronounce dispute (audio) \
disputed; disputing

Legal Definition of dispute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in a dispute disputing with management over contract terms

transitive verb

: to engage in a dispute over disputing the correct application of the contract provision especially : to oppose by argument or assertion disputed changes to the grievance procedure

Other Words from dispute

disputable \ di-​ˈspyü-​tə-​bəl, ˈdis-​pyə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce dispute (audio) \ adjective

dispute

noun

Legal Definition of dispute (Entry 2 of 2)

: an assertion of opposing views or claims : a disagreement as to rights especially : one that is the subject of proceedings for resolution (as arbitration)

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