- to engage in argument or debate.
- to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
- to argue or debate about; discuss.
- to argue against; call in question: to dispute a proposal.
- to quarrel or fight about; contest.
- to strive against; oppose: to dispute an advance of troops.
- a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
- a wrangling argument; quarrel.
Origin of dispute
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Examples from the Web for dispute
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
At least for now, because few things about this dispute are absolutely certain.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
After two years, the dispute ended with an arbitration ruling in favor of Savage.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
But only recently did this dispute spread to the lily-white slopes of a Montana ski resort.A Racist’s Crazy Ski Resort Smackdown
October 18, 2014
But the outlines of that dispute spilled out into the open this week.Exclusive: Turkey OK’s American Drones to Fight ISIS
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
October 16, 2014
But it was always my notion, that children should not dispute their parents' authority.
But, if it be to ease her heart, and not to dispute my will, you may hear her out.
The beauty of the Turkish women is still a matter of dispute.
I could not dispute the evidence of the bit of shivered glass.The Bacillus of Beauty
Now, where there is an et cetera in an agreement, there is always an opening for dispute.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
- (tr) to seek to win; contest for
- (tr) to struggle against; resist
- an argument or quarrel
Word Origin and History for dispute
c.1300, from Old French desputer (12c.) "dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss," from Latin disputare "weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain," from dis- "separately" (see dis-) + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave).
Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputable; disputed; disputing. The noun is not certainly recorded before 1590s (disputacioun in that sense is from late 14c.).
Idioms and Phrases with dispute
see in dispute.