dispute

verb
dis·​pute | \di-ˈspyüt \
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, ˈdis-ˌpyüt \

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, ˈdis-​pyə-​ \ adjective
disputably \-​blē \ 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

The Emanuels disputed that telling of events; however, claiming their hands were full just fitting the first version. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Duplicate Royal Wedding Dresses," 20 Sep. 2018 The email doesn’t dispute that the proposal to keep the facility in Washington would cost more and be less secure than relocating to the suburbs in Virginia or Maryland. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Emails Appear at Odds With White House Statement on FBI Relocation Costs," 2 Nov. 2018 Opponents of the bill don't dispute the research but said school boards should decide how to run their schools, which Brown agreed with. Fox News, "California Gov. Jerry Brown blocks later school start time mandate," 20 Sep. 2018 But the only way to dispute these tickets is to do so in court, which is inconvenient at best, and impossible for many people. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Denmark's Norwegian coach, Age Hareide, doesn't dispute that the 26-year-old Eriksen is a major star. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "In-form Peru, Denmark set to clash in key Group C match," 15 June 2018 Minor was not disputing that MWC has helped the economy. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite resident objections, Harwood Apartment proposal moving forward in Wauwatosa," 14 June 2018 In the latest development in U.S.-China trade tariff talks, President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro is disputing the words of his less protectionist colleague, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Navarro Hits at Mnuchin for U.S.-China Trade War Comments," 30 May 2018 Goldstein's attorney, Perry de Marco Sr., doesn't dispute that his client had been leaving the country. Janet Digiacomo And Madison Park, CNN, "Temple University student accused of attempted rape at fraternity house," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Colony Beach closed in 2010 amid a dispute between Dr. Klauber and owners of condominiums at the resort over who should pay for repairs. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Orthodontist From Buffalo, N.Y., Reinvented Himself as Tennis Resort Owner in Florida," 30 Nov. 2018 But labor complaints filed through the NAFTA labor dispute process have led nowhere. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s new trade deal is better for workers than NAFTA was," 30 Nov. 2018 Fox News, usually one of Trump's favorite networks, supported CNN against the White House in that legal dispute. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Trump proposes a government-run TV news network to counter CNN," 27 Nov. 2018 Over-crowding and disputes aside, the city benefits from their patronage: Visitors threw in $1.5 million in 2016. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourists Brawl Over Selfie Spot at Rome's Trevi Fountain," 10 Aug. 2018 Apple and Qualcomm have been in a heated dispute for the last two years, and now Apple is taking another small jab at the company by opening up jobs that seem to be designed to grab employees from the chipmaking giant. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple targets Qualcomm employees with new job listings," 15 Nov. 2018 And a dispute has erupted over the legality of the community acquiring dual Hungarian citizenship. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Ukraine’s Hungarian minority threatened by new education law," 14 Nov. 2018 In that case, the appellate court found that, because Uber drivers had agreed that all disputes would be handled by private arbitration rather than public litigation, the judges didn’t have to reach the contractor versus employee question. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lyft drivers sue, argue that they’re employees rather than contractors," 2 Nov. 2018 New territorial disputes with China—and China’s enormous military—have spurred Tokyo to develop certain types of these weapons, including a brigade of amphibious marines, meant to take back Japanese territory captured in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018

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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

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

Noun

see dispute entry 1

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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)

: 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 \
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 \
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 \ 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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