- 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 contends
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More importantly, contends Winroth, the Vikings were acting completely rationally with their raids.
The economic recovery in Europe, contends Winroth, “was during the Viking Age.”
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Still he contends that these may be explained on the doctrine of evolution.Evolution in Modern Thought
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He contends that it is better to be without soap than without society.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
- (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 contends
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