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 Supporters of drug price limits dispute PhRMA’s claim that potential caps would undermine industry research and development of medicines. oregonlive, "Pharmaceutical industry on track to spend more than $1 million lobbying to defeat Oregon drug pricing bill," 28 Apr. 2021 Few dispute the 6,100-seat stadium just north of downtown was on an aggressive construction schedule spanning just about 13-months, with a May, 2016 home opener with the Yard Goats, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Connecticut Supreme Court hears high-stakes appeal from ousted developer of Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park," 26 Apr. 2021 Those who still dispute a connection to a changing climate are grasping for increasingly far-fetched explanations. David Klepper, Star Tribune, "As extreme weather increases, climate misinformation adapts," 21 Apr. 2021 Here is a preview of digital litigation, a customer-centric approach to dispute avoidance and early resolution. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, "Digital Litigation: Dispute Avoidance, Early-Detection, Accelerated Case Strategy, And Early-Resolution," 19 Apr. 2021 Those mask requirements are no longer enforceable, except for in government buildings and public transportation, according to the governor's order, though some city leaders dispute that. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Despite ability to lift rules on masks and distancing, many Arizona businesses will keep them for now," 26 Mar. 2021 While some weather researchers dispute the data from Mile 47, Alaska climatologist Brian Brettschneider once spoke to a scientist who had met the late Ralph Lane. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Illuminating the science of snow, from how it helps sustain communities to what makes it so fun for skiers," 13 Mar. 2021 Shields, however, while decked in all her championship belts, could care less about what people dispute. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Claressa Shields continues assault on women's boxing with dominant win, wants revenge next," 6 Mar. 2021 Park does not dispute that Paper Source is offering vendors as little as 10 percent of what they are owed. NBC News, "Paper Source vendors left pleading for payment as executives seek $1 million in bonuses," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Roku removed YouTube TV from its channel store on Friday morning as a contract dispute between Google and the streaming device maker rages on. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "So many Roku owners will be angry when they see this news," 30 Apr. 2021 The contract dispute between the valets and Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby week has also garnered attention and headlines from national outlets. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Strike vote still pending as Churchill Downs and valets fail to meet before Kentucky Derby," 30 Apr. 2021 Australian coal cargoes have been blocked at Chinese ports over the past year after a diplomatic dispute between Canberra and Beijing over the latter’s handling of the pandemic. Costas Paris, WSJ, "China’s Imports of Commodities Drive a Boom in Dry-Bulk Shipping," 27 Apr. 2021 Supreme Court dodged a dispute between Texas and Californiaover religious freedom and gay rights. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, "Police 'don't want us to see everything'," 26 Apr. 2021 The Czech Republic on Thursday ordered more Russian diplomats to leave the country, further escalating a dispute between the two nations over the alleged involvement of Russian spies in a massive ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Karel Janicek, Star Tribune, "Czechs expel more Russians in dispute over 2014 depot blast," 22 Apr. 2021 The dispute between Portland schools and Fortis could be an important legal test of how the courts define the corporate activity tax. oregonlive, "Contractor seeks to charge Portland schools $1.2 million for new business tax; district sues," 19 Apr. 2021 The expulsions and allegations come at a time of heightened Russian-Western tensions and have triggered the biggest dispute between the Czechs and Russia since the 1989 end of Communist rule, when Prague was under Moscow's domination for decades. NBC News, "Czech Republic expels 18 Russian envoys, accuses Moscow over ammunition depot blast," 18 Apr. 2021 The year's first mass shooting occurred after a dispute between father and son over staying out too late, according to court records. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "FedEx mass shooting the deadliest in Indianapolis in at least 15 years," 17 Apr. 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 7 May. 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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