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 Board members did not seriously dispute the decision Tuesday during a virtual meeting, although some lamented it as an unfortunate necessity. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Fairfax school board questions superintendent over decision to delay in-person learning," 17 Nov. 2020 Benzan did not dispute the notion that the team might need time to develop some on-court cohesion. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland women’s basketball leaning on new players to drive program, led by St. Frances star Angel Reese," 11 Nov. 2020 The spokesman for the Manghats didn’t dispute this account. Rory Jones, WSJ, "A Corporate Feud Stings London Stock Market, Global Banks," 24 Oct. 2020 Kingsbury didn’t dispute that, acknowledging Drake needs to do a better job of running more north and south than sideways. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals, Kingsbury plan to keep staying aggressive in fourth-and-short situations," 17 Oct. 2020 The Trump campaign compiled the numbers, and Biden’s campaign did not dispute the tally. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden has faced half as many questions from press as President Trump in lead up to election, tally finds," 14 Oct. 2020 In response to a request for comment, a White House spokesman, Judd Deere, did not dispute any specific facts. Mike Mcintire, Russ Buettner And Susanne Craig, New York Times, "How Reality-TV Fame Handed Trump a $427 Million Lifeline," 28 Sep. 2020 The Bohras do not dispute the accusations, and are also facing criminal charges from the U.S. Justice Department. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Former Amazon manager and her family charged with insider trading," 28 Sep. 2020 But dispute the innocuous nature of what happened, the story served as fuel for a right-wing media machine looking to sow distrust in the country's voting system. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Right-wing media portrayed window covering at ballot center as nefarious. Here's what really happened," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s what caught my eye: The San Francisco short-term rentals company could owe the Internal Revenue Service as much as $1.35 billion in a dispute over the value of its international intellectual property. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Cisco bends to Tech Chronicle’s demands and brings back RuPaul," 18 Nov. 2020 At issue in the dispute is a deadline, extended by the secretary of state, for mail-in voters to verify proof of identification. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Where the Trump campaign and Republican election-related lawsuits stand," 17 Nov. 2020 Some counties have said that only dozens of votes are at stake in this dispute. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump digs in on baseless election claims as his legal path narrows," 17 Nov. 2020 Swift and Braun have been locked in a dispute over the artist's masters since June 2019, when Braun bought Swift's former record label, Big Machine Records—and with it, the rights to her first six albums. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Spoke Out After Scooter Braun Sold Her Masters for Over $300 Million," 17 Nov. 2020 Rogers, the trustee and attorney, tried to intervene in the dispute but ended up trying to stop Brian Keno from recording video with his phone, according to Fahie’s report and Keno’s video. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "The Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant may be no more. But the church battle has just begun.," 15 Nov. 2020 Given the change in Fiore’s posture between March and September, defense attorney Mary Nerino, a partner at Price Benowitz LLP, expressed concern that her client had become collateral damage in the dispute over decriminalizing marijuana possession. Washington Post, "Arlington’s top prosecutor, defender clash with judge," 13 Nov. 2020 None of the five novels in dispute is openly supportive of segregation or bigotry. Dorany Pineda Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In Burbank schools, a book-banning debate over how to teach antiracism," 12 Nov. 2020 Lori Vallow allegedly was in a dispute with Charles Vallow in July 2019 when Alex Cox, Lori Vallow's late brother, fatally shot Charles Vallow. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Police reviewing death of Lori Vallow's ex-husband after 'murder' comment in 2018 audio, reports say," 12 Nov. 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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The first known use of dispute was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dispute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispute. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for dispute

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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