[ kuhn-tend ]
/ kənˈtɛnd /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to assert or maintain earnestly: He contended that taxes were too high.



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Origin of contend

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English contenden, from Anglo-French contendre, from Latin contendere “to compete, strive, draw tight,” equivalent to con- prefix meaning “with, together” + tendere “to stretch”; see con-, tend1
2. See compete.
contend , contest
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British Dictionary definitions for contend

/ (kənˈtɛnd) /


(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
contender, nouncontendingly, adverb
C15: from Latin contendere to strive, from com- with + tendere to stretch, aim
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