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 disputable (audio) , ˈdi-​spyə-​ \ adjective
disputably \ di-​ˈspyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce disputably (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

History: The 9,000-acre Mexican Rancho Jamul land grant of 1829, like many others, was bogged down in disputed land claims that weren’t resolved until 1891. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jamul-Rancho San Diego: Historic rancho served as seashell trading post, hosts new casino," 30 June 2019 Eventually, President George Bush pulled out of the agreement in 2003, citing intelligence, since disputed, that North Korea was cheating. NBC News, "Trump's Iran policy is deepening mistrust in North Korea, experts say," 29 June 2019 That proposal was less than the range given in Vandemoer’s plea deal, but Zobel disputed the government’s sentencing calculus and went far below that recommendation. Matthew Ormseth, latimes.com, "Bookkeeper, former USC coach plead guilty in admissions scandal, promise to help investigators," 27 June 2019 Lawyers for retired detective James Gauger, 74, and dentists Lowell Thomas Johnson, 88, of Milwaukee, and Ray Rawson, 78, of Las Vegas say their work was valid at the time, completely transparent and not disputed at Stinson's trial in 1985. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man exonerated after 23 years in prison says detectives, dentists framed him with bogus bite-mark evidence," 24 June 2019 On the other hand, Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, posted a map on Twitter disputing the information provided by the Pentagon. Fox News, "Pentagon releases map disputing claim US drone violated Iranian airspace; Iran’s version is very different," 21 June 2019 But there is no disputing the impact of this display of discontent, and others leading up to it. The Economist, "To restore calm in Hong Kong, try democracy," 20 June 2019 The police report stated Brown tried to take Silvia's gun, but his lawyer, Tom Horne, disputes this. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 As per Football London, it is understood that incoming technical director, and former Arsenal midfielder Edu Gaspar, was critical to the deal being completed, though Globo Esporte have disputed this. SI.com, "Arsenal Poised to Complete £6m Signing of Gabriel Martinelli on Long-Term Contract," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The long legal dispute has been a source of anxiety for the nearly 700,000 young adults. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Trump vs. ‘Dreamers’: Supreme Court to decide on DACA during the election year," 28 June 2019 The long legal dispute has been a source of anxiety for the nearly 700,000 young adults now in the U.S. who were brought here illegally as children. Tribune News Service, nola.com, "Trump vs. ‘Dreamers’: Supreme Court to decide on DACA during election year," 28 June 2019 The dispute is over a 15-foot by 99-foot sliver that includes part of a detached garage and part of a pool. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 No information about the cause of the dispute was available. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pleads guilty in fight that killed day-laborer in Lemon Grove," 28 June 2019 The dispute between the women had been ongoing and escalated that day outside Dollar General. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "'It’s not fair’: Marshae Jones faces 20 years in prison in unborn child’s shooting death," 27 June 2019 The dispute is over a factory that produces fishmeal, a product obtained by drying and grinding fish or fish waste. Holly Eva Ryan, Quartz Africa, "Anti-Chinese protests in a Gambian fishing village show conflict of foreign investment in Africa," 27 June 2019 Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said that day that the dispute between Holder and Hussle was personal and did not involve gang activity. Andrew Dalton And Katie Campione, USA TODAY, "Nipsey Hussle and alleged killer talked about 'snitching' before shooting, witnesses say," 27 June 2019 As for China, the dispute is also about national pride as well as economic success. NBC News, "High stakes Trump-Xi meeting set to loom over G-20 summit," 27 June 2019

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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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