dispute (plural disputes)
- An argument or disagreement, a failure to agree.
- (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.
- See also Thesaurus:dispute
- French: dispute, litige
- German: Streit, Disput
- Italian: disputa, lite, bega
- Portuguese: disputa
- Russian: спор
- Spanish: disputa, contencioso
dispute (disputes, present participle disputing; past and past participle disputed)
- (intransitive) to contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another
- (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.
- 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
- to strive or contend about; to contest
- to dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards
- (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.
- French: évaluer
- French: contester
- French: résister