• IPA: /kənˈtɛnd/

contend (contends, present participle contending; past and past participle contended)

  1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
    • 1611, King James Version, Deuteronomy ii. 9
      The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
  2. To struggle or exert oneself to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
    • 17th century, John Dryden, Epistle III to the Lady Castlemain
      You sit above, and see vain men below / Contend for what you only can bestow.
  3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], chapter 2, in An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗, book I, page 9 ↗:
      these simple ideas are far from those innate principles which some contend for
    • Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
  4. To believe (something is reasonable) and argue (for it); to advocate.
    In this paper the author contends that no useful results can be obtained if this method is used.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • German: streiten, sich auseinandersetzen, ringen mit, sich widersetzen, kämpfen
  • Russian: соперничать
  • Spanish: contender
  • German: verteidigen, festhalten an, ringen um, kämpfen für, kämpfen um
  • Russian: боро́ться
  • Spanish: contender
  • German: sich einsetzen für, argumentieren, streiten für
  • Russian: утвержда́ть
  • Spanish: sostener

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