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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing, Republican senators raised questions about the records dispute that resulted in the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 21 Sep. 2022 Witnesses also dispute the U.S. Marshals' assertion that first aid was performed right away, before emergency medical services arrived. John Raby, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 Etowah County prosecutors dispute those claims, but neither a judge nor a jury has had an opportunity to examine the evidence. al, 7 Sep. 2022 Some planetary experts dispute the 2006 vote, saying the definitions are arbitrary. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 Many legal experts dispute that, saying the president’s broad declassification powers need to follow a process that records the declassification of documents. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 But others, including some in the Muslim community in New Mexico, dispute that sectarian hatred played a role. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2022 Maharaj, Duvoisin and Doig vehemently dispute the accuracy of Pringle’s account. Cara Fitzpatrick, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Both Haynes and Tisdale strongly dispute this characterization. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump’s lawyers accuse the Justice Department of trying to turn a records-keeping dispute with the National Archives and Records Administration into a criminal case. Shayna Jacobs, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 At the time of her arrest last year, Sheehan was in ongoing dispute with Gordon that court records show began in 2019 when she was charged with trespassing on his property. Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 The young man had called police for help during a dispute with his family Saturday afternoon. Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 But advocates for asylum-seekers and Democratic lawmakers have called the states' transportation strategy inhumane, accusing Republican officials of using desperate migrants as political pawns in a policy dispute with the administration. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 The denial sets the stage for the department's dispute with Trump over the search to move quickly to an appeals court and potentially the Supreme Court. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 The railroad industry has not seen a strike since 1992, when members of the International Association of Machinists union did not show up to work over a dispute with their employer. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 The apparent urgency and aggressiveness of the inquiries around Zatko underscore the enormous financial stakes bound up in Twitter’s dispute with Musk. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2022 While the Hard Rock is handing out raises, the Diplomat Hotel and Resort in Hollywood is in a contract dispute with some 450 unionized workers who are demanding more money. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for dispute

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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