Synonyms and Antonyms of contend
1 to engage in a contest two traditional rivals contending for the championship Synonyms of contend battle, compete, face off, fight, race, rival, vieWords Related to contend challenge, engage, play; jockey, jostle, maneuver; go out, try out; train, work
2 to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration contended that the senator's considerable experience made him the best candidate Synonyms of contend assert, argue, maintain, plead, reasonWords Related to contend adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute
3 to state as a fact usually forcefully contended that his opponent was wrong about practically everything Synonyms of contend affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, declare, insist, maintain, profess, protest, purport, warrantWords Related to contend announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of contend abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms of contend deny, gainsay
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