- 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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2. See compete.
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Always one contender driven to the wall, his cities turned to ashes, his lands laid waste.The Littlest Rebel
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As a servant of the State, as well as a contender for the people, he was close to the tangled heart of the intricate struggle.Mountain
Henceforth, he could be only a looker on where he had so fondly figured himself as a contender.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
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In fact, within a few days the situation was simplified by the practical elimination of Pryme as a contender.Left Guard Gilbert
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- (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 contender
1540s, agent noun from contend.
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