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contend with

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contend

  1. 1 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently a multitude of problems to contend with as soon as he returned to the office Synonyms of contend with address, handle (with), cope (with), field, grapple (with), hack, manage, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, play, swing, take, treatWords Related to contend with engineer, finesse, jockey; bring off, carry off, carry out, get off, pull; command, direct, guide, steer; control, micromanage, regulate, run; react (to), respond (to)Near Antonyms of contend with botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp

  2. 2 to strive to reduce or eliminate medical missionaries who daily contend with disease and poverty Synonyms of contend with battle, combat, fight (with), counter, oppose, oppugnWords Related to contend with baffle, checkmate, foil, frustrate, resist, thwart, withstand; confront, defy, face, meetNear Antonyms of contend with abide, bear, endure, suffer; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, upholdAntonyms of contend with advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote



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