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) , ˈdis-ˌpyüt 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 disputable (audio) , ˈdis-​pyə-​ \ adjective
disputably \ -​blē How to pronounce disputably (audio) \ 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

In recent months, Engler has drawn headlines for making a controversial statement about ESPN and for offering $250,000 to a Nassar survivor during a meeting — a characterization Engler has disputed. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "John Engler involved in MSU misstep, emails show," 8 June 2018 Mike Giammarino, president and CEO of Lombardi's Pizza, shown, isn’t entirely disputing the findings of the Chicago researcher. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Historian Challenges Lombardi’s Pizza Primacy," 15 Feb. 2019 And a few, including my former editor at Car and Driver, the great Csaba Csere, disputed my estimate that my fuel costs would be on the order of a penny per mile. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Solar-Powered Dream Home, With the Electric Vehicle to Match," 31 Jan. 2019 While Kelly had disputed the accusations, a new lawsuit is once again calling his actions into question. Britni Danielle, Essence.com, "A Woman Is Suing R. Kelly For Sexual Assault And False Imprisonment," 23 May 2018 In October, the hanging death of Dayne Jones, the son of a prominent Ferguson, Missouri, activist, fueled accusations that the young man was lynched, though local police have disputed that characterization of the crime. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018 One fact not disputed among researchers: The farmers and foragers eventually shared their cultures. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Of course family is everything, and no one can possibly dispute that. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Star Ginger Zee Defends Her Choice to Head to Hurricane Storm Zone," 11 Sep. 2018 Yet few would dispute Detroit’s on better footing today. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Sue Snyder: What it's like to be Michigan's first lady," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dowd resigned as Trump's lead lawyer weeks later amid a dispute over how to answer Mueller's request for a presidential interview. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Mueller told Trump legal team a presidential subpoena could be possible, ex-attorney says," 2 Oct. 2018 Getting to that point had been a rocky road, as Grant’s three children and their stepmother, Stacy Grant, became embroiled in a legal dispute over the farm. BostonGlobe.com, "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 Unlike a sporting event in which one side prevails and the other is defeated, there’s no guarantee that either side will win as the U.S. and China engage in an escalating dispute over tariffs. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018 But Adams, like all other Circuit City employees, had signed an agreement to resolve all disputes with the company through private arbitration. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Female law students pressure firms to stop banning sexual harassment suits," 3 Dec. 2018 Jesse Ventura, the new governor of Minnesota, flexed his political muscles, and the dispute was swiftly resolved under NAFTA in the fishermen's favor. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 The protracted dispute involves unlikely foes: a professional suburban couple against neighborhood letter carriers. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing off with the US Postal Service," 13 July 2018 The dispute stems from Corizon’s decision to pay St. Luke’s at the Medicaid rate for services the health system provided between July 1, 2014, and March 26, 2018. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "St. Luke's sues prison contractor over $12 million in medical bills," 13 July 2018 The Hays Street Bridge case is more complicated, but the dispute is rooted in the city — under Sculley’s leadership — turning over the Cherry Street property to Eugene Simor, the founder of Alamo Beer Co., in 2012. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Court cases demonstrate Sculley’s disregard for process," 11 July 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 and Noun

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

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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 disputable (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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