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 Family members continue to dispute the San Antonio Police Department’s account of the event, even after seeing some of the body camera footage earlier this year and another batch of video last week. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 Consumers have up to four months from the date of a purchase to dispute a transaction and file a chargeback, and those items are valuable in this instance. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Some were quick to dispute Blinken's comments, saying the passengers on their flights have all the documentation that was required for evacuation flights before the U.S. withdrawal. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 That prompted some grand jury members to come forward to dispute his accounting of the closed-door proceedings. Bruce Schreiner And Dylan Lovan, The Courier-Journal, 6 Aug. 2021 Over the past few days, other users across Facebook have shared similar versions of the claim, prompting local authorities to dispute the inaccurate information circulating online. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Amgen filed a petition in U.S. Tax Court to dispute the notices, the company said in its second-quarter earnings release. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2021 Analysts have expressed concern that Bolsonaro, trailing in opinion polls ahead of his 2022 reelection bid, will follow the example of former U.S. President Donald Trump, who goaded supporters to dispute his loss. DÉbora Álvares, ajc, 3 Aug. 2021 There are no alternative facts, no personal truths, no alternate realities to dispute any of these statements. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The dispute, however, was over whether such receipts are attributable to a service performed in Texas. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 An emerging dispute wasn’t on the radar but probably should have been: advocates for homeless people vs. businesses and residents wanting tough enforcement of laws to keep people from setting up encampments outdoors. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 The dispute is the latest illustration of how the November 2020 election that is a distant memory for many remains front and center for some far-right Trump supporters. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2021 Instead, Fahnestock agreed with the governor’s counsel that the proper venue to hear the dispute is a Leon County court, because DeSantis’ base of operations is in Tallahassee and the matter is not centered around Broward. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Even compared to the pantheon of ugly entertainment litigation, the Johansson-Disney dispute has been unusually nasty. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 The dispute over wolf quotas is part of long-running controversies over wolf management. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 Stevie Nicks, while Nicks maintains that the dispute was over Buckingham’s reluctance to tour due to his solo engagements. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 9 Aug. 2021 According to authorities, the dispute was between a brother and sister, CBSLA reports. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 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 26 Sep. 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)
: 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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