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dispute

verb dis·pute \ di-ˈspyüt \

Definition of dispute

disputed; disputing
intransitive verb
:to engage in argument :debate; especially :to argue irritably or with irritating persistence
transitive verb
1 a :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.
2 a :to struggle against :oppose
  • disputed the advance of the invaders
b :to contend over
  • disputing ownership of the land

disputable

play \di-ˈspyü-tə-bəl, ˈdis-pyə-\ adjective

disputably

play \-blē\ adverb

disputer

noun

Examples of dispute in a Sentence

  1. You can dispute your bill if you believe it is inaccurate.

  2. These estimates are hotly disputed by scientists.

  3. No one ever disputed that it was the right decision.

  4. The source of the text has been disputed for centuries.

  5. a part of the city where two drug gangs are disputing territory

Recent Examples of dispute from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dispute

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

dispute Synonyms


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dispute

noun dis·pute \ di-ˈspyüt , ˈdis-ˌpyüt \

Definition of dispute

1 a :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

Examples of dispute in a Sentence

  1. They could not settle their dispute.

  2. There is a labor dispute between workers and management.

  3. The two farmers are involved in a land dispute.

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Origin and Etymology of dispute



DISPUTE Defined for English Language Learners

dispute

verb

Definition of dispute for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dispute for English Language Learners

  • : a disagreement or argument


DISPUTE Defined for Kids

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dispute

verb dis·pute \ di-ˈspyüt \

Definition of dispute for Students

disputed; disputing
1 :to question or deny the truth or rightness of
  • No one ever disputed the story.
2 :argue 1
  • The boys disputed over who won the race.
3 :to fight over
  • The two nations disputed the territory.

Word Root of dispute

The Latin word putāre, meaning “to think,” gives us the root put. Words from the Latin putāre have something to do with thinking. A reputation is what other people think about something or someone. To compute is to use math to think about a bunch of numbers together in order to answer a problem. To dispute is to argue because two or more people think different things.


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dispute

noun

Definition of dispute for Students

1 :1debate 3
  • It is a fact beyond dispute.
2 :1quarrel 1

Law Dictionary

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dispute

verb dis·pute \ di-ˈspyüt \

legal Definition of dispute

disputed; disputing
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

disputable

play \di-ˈspyü-tə-bəl, ˈdis-pyə-tə-bəl\ adjective

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dispute

noun

legal Definition of dispute

: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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