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 But Kelly said that the rail authority will dispute at least some of the Dragados demands, including two creek crossings and collision barriers along the future tracks. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Employers may dispute a claim, but benefits may already have been paid, prompting the Department of Labor to seek repayment. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 23 Sep. 2021 School district officials did not dispute the number, but noted that the total would probably change as the processing of first-week test results continued. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Police Chief Mark Fender didn’t dispute the statistics, but told cleveland.com that they weren’t being interpreted correctly. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2021 Dissenting Justice James Richman did not dispute Monsanto’s responsibility for the Pilliods’ illnesses but said the evidence did not show the company knew of the dangers. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 But no serious analysis of the risks/benefits of vaccination vs. the risk of COVID-19 itself can dispute the fact that vaccination is far safer than the risks of COVID-19, regardless of age. Dimitri Drekonja, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Reece's defense attorney, Jacob Benedict, did not dispute that Reece killed Johnston but said his client only confessed because a Texas Ranger had promised that prosecutors wouldn't seek the death penalty. Fox News, 3 June 2021 Schiller reportedly didn’t dispute the figures, but claimed that Apple had never calculated App Store profits separately. Barry Collins, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like many developments in the case, that account has ended up in dispute and endless discussion online. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Bectu would strike in solidarity as that would require both a trade dispute and a balloting of Bectu’s members, which hasn’t happened. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021 Tirop’s car, which was parked outside the home, had its windscreen and windows smashed, which could indicate a domestic dispute before she was killed, police said. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The path that led to the deadly confrontation began roughly three years earlier with the type of quotidian dispute common among neighbors. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Frank Somerville was suspended in late September after a dispute about adding a 46-second address about the disparities in media coverage between white and Black crime victims. Katie Licari-kozak, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 In a message to officers in Chicago, their union president framed the issue as an employment dispute between the city and the officers. Peter Nickeas, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 The game was in its final minutes Saturday night when Bessemer police say the two men got into a dispute at a gathering in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 13 Oct. 2021 The Supreme Court will convene Wednesday to hear oral arguments in a legal dispute involving the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose death sentences were tossed out by a lower court last year. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 13 Oct. 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 25 Oct. 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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