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 Just last week, a Colorado county coroner disputed the state’s claim that a man had died from the coronavirus. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'How many people died of COVID-19?': Colorado governor pushes back on CDC coronavirus data," 17 May 2020 Several justices disputed that, saying the Watergate investigation of President Richard Nixon and the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton provided apt analogies. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court hears arguments on releasing Trump’s financial records," 12 May 2020 In testimony to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy disputed the FCC's claims that conditions imposed on the Ligado network will protect GPS from interference. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could interfere with GPS," 8 May 2020 Constitutional scholars and notable governors, including Republicans, disputed his assertion. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Is America’s “One Nation Indivisible” Being Killed Off by the Coronavirus?," 2 May 2020 While Trump and Pompeo have made their feelings clear, a U.S. intelligence official disputed the notion that there was pressure on agencies to bolster a particular theory. Zeke Miller, Houston Chronicle, "Trump speculates that China released virus in lab 'mistake'," 1 May 2020 While Trump and Pompeo have made public statements speculating about the lab, a U.S. intelligence official disputed the notion that there was any pressure on agencies to bolster a particular theory. Author: Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus isn’t manmade but lab-escape theory is still being investigated, US intelligence agency says," 30 Apr. 2020 Yet some scholars and historians dispute this characterization of Spencer’s work. Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Legacy of Herbert Spencer, the Man Who Coined ‘Survival of the Fittest’," 29 Apr. 2020 No one would dispute the fact that Willie Nelson — whose 87th birthday is today — has had an incredible life. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Willie Nelson turns 87, with no shortage of vim, vigor or weed along the way," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, Amazon has a long history of disputes with the unions and the peace is an uneasy one. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Reopens French Warehouses After Making Peace With Unions," 19 May 2020 The vacation rental company VRBO did the opposite, urging homeowners to make 50 percent refunds or allow guests to postpone for up to a year, but ultimately staying out of disputes. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Hotels vs. Airbnb: Has Covid-19 Disrupted the Disrupter?," 14 May 2020 What happened that day The facts of the case are not significantly in dispute. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "A modern posse shot Ahmaud Arbery. Has stand your ground gone too far?," 8 May 2020 Medicare for All was arguably the defining issue of the Democratic primary, and Bernie Sanders’s platform was the subject of early disputes between him and Biden. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Biden’s Path to Party Unity Begins With Concessions," 23 Apr. 2020 The developers of the projects say the Chapter 7 filings have no merit and are part of long-running legal disputes. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Chinese investors seek forced bankruptcy of North Texas developments," 17 Apr. 2020 He was known as a peacemaker who could talk people into accepting something short of total victory to resolve a dispute. Tim Kiska, Detroit Free Press, "Bernard Klein, a former leader of Detroit and U-M Dearborn, dies at 91," 12 Apr. 2020 All large markets in Africa, open air or enclosed, have marketing associations which maintain order, assign stalls and resolve disputes. W. Gyude Moore, Quartz Africa, "Curfews are a safer plan than total lockdowns to slow Covid-19’s spread in informal economies," 11 Apr. 2020 But Brown was released without ever playing for Oakland after a series of disputes and disciplinary incidents. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Antonio Brown tells Julio Jones ‘to look up the stats’," 30 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispute. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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dispute

verb
How to pronounce dispute (audio)

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
How to pronounce dispute (audio) How to pronounce dispute (audio)

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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