• (British) IPA: /ˈdɪs.pjuːt/
    • (America) IPA: /dɪsˈpjuːt/
    • IPA: /dɪsˈpjuːt/

dispute (plural disputes)

  1. An argument or disagreement, a failure to agree.
  2. (uncountable) Verbal controversy or disagreement; altercation; debate.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Fourth”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      Addicted more / To contemplation and profound dispute.
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dispute (disputes, present participle disputing; past and past participle disputed)

  1. (intransitive) to contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another
  2. (transitive) to make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss
    Some residents disputed the proposal, saying it was based more on emotion than fact.
  3. to oppose by argument or assertion; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of
    to dispute assertions or arguments
    • to seize goods under the disputed authority of writs of assistance
  4. to strive or contend about; to contest
    • to dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards
  5. (obsolete) to struggle against; to resist
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, 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 IV, scene iii]:
      Dispute it [grief] like a man.
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