to engage in argument or debate: She liked nothing more than to dispute with her fellow law students.
to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel: Those two are always disputing about something or other.
to argue or debate about; discuss: Whether excessive time spent on the internet can be called an addiction is hotly disputed.
to argue against; call into question: Historians dispute this claim, suggesting Raleigh could not possibly have discovered the potato in the places he visited.
to quarrel or fight about; contest: We stopped to watch a puffed-up crow disputing territory with a cat.
Archaic. to strive against; oppose: to dispute an advance of troops.
a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion: Players were elated when the equal pay dispute was finally resolved.
a wrangling argument; quarrel: Some women at the end of the bar were having a noisy dispute about who should be the designated driver.
Idioms about dispute
being fought or argued over; debated or contested; unresolved: The authorship of the recently discovered text is in dispute.Both countries argue that the territories in dispute originally belonged to them.
engaged in an argument or disagreement: The program enables parties in dispute to settle their differences over the internet without face-to-face mediation.
- dis·pute·less, adjective
- dis·put·er, noun
- pre·dis·pute, noun, verb, pre·dis·put·ed, pre·dis·put·ing.
- re·dis·pute, verb, re·dis·put·ed, re·dis·put·ing.
- un·dis·put·ing, adjective
- dispute , refute
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How to use dispute in a sentence
Compounding the performance issues, however, are personnel disputes.The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio | Bernhard Warner | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Problem is, the law is painfully vague on what happens in Congress if there’s a dispute between the chambers over seating electors.
In addition, Apple has also introduced a rule that seems tied to its recent dispute with Basecamp, developers of the Hey email app.Apple revises App Store rules to permit game streaming apps, clarify in-app purchases and more | Sarah Perez | September 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
Accounts could be reported as suspicious for a wide variety of reasons—including, in theory, political disputes.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem | Amy Nordrum | September 10, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The move will be seen in Ethiopia as a definite show of support for its rivals in the dispute, in particular Egypt.The US is considering cutting foreign assistance to Ethiopia over dam dispute with Egypt | Zecharias Zelalem | August 29, 2020 | Quartz
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.
What if there were a legal dispute between the foreign investor and his or her Egyptian partners or collaborators?
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person | Michael Tomasky | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
At least for now, because few things about this dispute are absolutely certain.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead | Dean Obeidallah | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
After two years, the dispute ended with an arbitration ruling in favor of Savage.
I was once present at a dispute between a layman and a clergyman, upon the subject of dreams.
No one can dispute that he drew the life that he saw moving around him.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The employers can then dispute it out with their working men as to how much wages shall be.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Thereupon a dispute arose, and the Savages, seizing their bows and arrows, wanted to take away the 151 corpse.
Of his book he himself said, “My conclusions may be disputed, but no one shall dispute the facts on which they are based.”Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for dispute
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
- disputer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with dispute
see in dispute.
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