Contend

  • 1 Contend — Con*tend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Contended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contending}.] [OF. contendre, L. contendere, tentum; con + tendere to strech. See {Tend}.] 1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 contend — 1 Contend, fight, battle, war come into comparison when they mean to strive in opposition to someone or something. Contend, the most general of these words, always implies a desire or an effort to overcome that which is opposed, but it may imply… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 contend — ► VERB 1) (contend with/against) struggle to deal with (a difficulty). 2) (contend for) engage in a struggle or campaign to achieve. 3) assert as a position in an argument. DERIVATIVES contender noun. ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 contend — [kən tend′] vi. [ME contenden, to compete < L contendere, to stretch out, strive after < com , together + tendere, to stretch: see TENSE1] 1. to strive in combat; fight 2. to strive in competition; vie [contend for a prize] 3. to strive in… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Contend — Con*tend , v. t. To struggle for; to contest. [R.] [1913 Webster] Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 contend — [v1] compete, fight argue, battle, clash, confront, contest, controvert, cope, dispute, emulate, encounter, face, give all one’s got*, give one’s all*, go after, go for, go for broke*, go for it*, go for jugular*, grapple, have at*, jockey for… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 contend — I (dispute) verb altercate, argue, battle, be discordant, bicker, brawl, carry on an argument, challenge, clash, combat, compete, conflict, contendere, contest, contradict, decernere, differ, disaccord, disagree, discept, discord, dissent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 contend — mid 15c., from O.Fr. contendre, from L. contendere to stretch out, strive after, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Related: Contended; contending …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 contend — 01. The runners had to [contend] with a strong headwind in the final of the 10,000 meters. 02. If Canada goes ahead with plans to loosen its drug laws, it will have to [contend] with a very unhappy American government. 03. The government… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 contend — con|tend [kənˈtend] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: contendre, from Latin contendere, from com ( COM ) + tendere to stretch ] 1.) to compete against someone in order to gain something contend for ▪ Three armed groups are contending for… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 contend */ — UK [kənˈtend] / US verb Word forms contend : present tense I/you/we/they contend he/she/it contends present participle contending past tense contended past participle contended 1) [transitive] formal to claim that something is true contend that:… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 contend — con|tend [ kən tend ] verb * 1. ) transitive contend that FORMAL to claim that something is true: Critics of the school system contend that not enough emphasis is placed on creativity. 2. ) intransitive to compete against someone, for example for …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 contend — [[t]kənte̱nd[/t]] contends, contending, contended 1) VERB If you have to contend with a problem or difficulty, you have to deal with it or overcome it. [V with n] It is time, once again, to contend with racism... [V with n] American businesses… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 contend — verb 1 (I) to compete against someone in order to gain something: contending for the World Heavyweight Title 2 (transitive + that) to argue or state that something is true: Some astronomers contend that the universe may be younger than previously …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 contend — v. (formal) 1) (D; intr.) ( to compete ) to contend for; with (to contend for a position) 2) (L) ( to claim ) he contended that he had been cheated * * * [kən tend] with (to contend for a position) (L) ( to claim ) he contended that he had been… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 contend — contender, n. contendingly, adv. /keuhn tend /, v.i. 1. to struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of the port. 2. to strive in rivalry; compete; vie: to contend for first prize. 3. to strive in debate; dispute earnestly: to …

    Universalium

  • 17 contend — verb a) to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight. For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood …

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  • 18 contend — Synonyms and related words: affirm, agonize, allege, announce, annunciate, antagonize, argue, argufy, assert, assever, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, bandy words, battle, beat against, beat up against, bicker, bicker over, box, brawl, breast the …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 contend — verb 1》 (contend with/against) struggle to surmount (a difficulty).     ↘(contend for) engage in a struggle or campaign to achieve. 2》 assert something as a position in an argument. Derivatives contender noun Origin ME: from OFr. contendre or L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 contend — verb Contend is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑critic, ↑plaintiff, ↑report …

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