- to struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of the port.
- to strive in rivalry; compete; vie: to contend for first prize.
- to strive in debate; dispute earnestly: to contend against falsehood.
- to assert or maintain earnestly: He contended that taxes were too high.
Origin of contend
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1. wrestle, grapple, battle, fight. 3. argue, wrangle. 4. hold, claim.
2. See compete.
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Examples from the Web for contend
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He has to contend with much more conservative bishops, archbishops, and cardinals appointed by his two immediate predecessors.Pope Francis Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays
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They battle in boardrooms, break into nuclear facilities, and contend in Ironman competitions.The World Would Go to Hell Without Nuns
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You are your mother's girl, think what you will; and have violent spirits to contend with.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Having this matter attended to, there are other enemies with which we must contend.
They have to contend with the powers of darkness and the corruptions of nature.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
There are a lot of things to contend with at first; you won't enjoy it at all, to begin with.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Nor was this the only evil with which she had now to contend.Theresa Marchmont
Mrs Charles Gore
- (intr often foll by with) to struggle in rivalry, battle, etc; vie
- to argue earnestly; debate
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to assert or maintain
C15: from Latin contendere to strive, from com- with + tendere to stretch, aim
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Word Origin and History for contend
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