Definitions for: Contend


[v] maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"
[v] have an argument about something
[v] to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"
[v] compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
[v] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

For never two such kingdoms did contend Without much
fall of blood. --Shak.

The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites,
neither contend with them in battle. --Deut. ii. 9.

In ambitious strength I did Contend against thy
valor. --Shak.

2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain
possession of, or to defend.

You sit above, and see vain men below Contend for
what you only can bestow. --Dryden.

3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute;
to argue.

The question which our author would contend for.
--Locke.

Many things he fiercely contended about were
trivial. --Dr. H. More.

Syn: To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose;
emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.


Con*tend", v. t.
To struggle for; to contest. [R.]

Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.

Synonyms: argue, compete, contest, cope, deal, debate, fence, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage, postulate, repugn, vie

See Also: act, altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, challenge, claim, converse, cope with, cut, differ, disagree, discourse, dispute, dissent, emulate, equal, extemporize, fend, gainsay, go for, hack, improvise, match, match, meet, move, niggle, oppose, pettifog, play, quarrel, quibble, race, rival, rub along, run, run off, scrap, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, spar, squabble, squeak by, squeeze by, stickle, take issue, touch, try for

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