contend

[ kuhn-tend ]
/ kənˈtɛnd /

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.

Origin of contend

1400–50; late Middle English contenden < Anglo-French contendre < Latin contendere to compete, strive, draw tight, equivalent to con- con- + tendere to stretch; see tend1

OTHER WORDS FROM contend

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contend

contend contest

synonym study for contend

2. See compete.
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British Dictionary definitions for contend

contend
/ (kənˈtɛnd) /

verb

(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

Derived forms of contend

contender, nouncontendingly, adverb

Word Origin for contend

C15: from Latin contendere to strive, from com- with + tendere to stretch, aim
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