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Meaning of contend by Wiktionary Dictionary

contend


    Etymology

    From contendere ( “to stretch out, extend, strive after, contend” ), from com- ( “together” ) + tendere ( “to stretch” ); see tend, and compare attend, extend, intend, subtend .

    Verb

    contend ( third-person singular simple present contends present participle contending, simple past and past participle contended )

    1. to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight .
      For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood .
    2. to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend .
      You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow .
    3. to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue .
      The question which our author would contend for - many things he fiercely contended about were trivial .

    Synonyms

    • struggle, fight, combat, vie, strive, oppose, emulate, contest, litigate, dispute, debate

    External links

    • contend in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • contend in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of contend by Wordnet Dictionary

contend


    Verb
    1. maintain or assert

    2. He contended that Communism had no future
    3. have an argument about something

    4. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

    5. compete for something

    6. be engaged in a fight

    7. Militant groups are contending for control of the country
    8. come to terms with



    Definition of contend by GCIDE Dictionary

    contend


    1. Contend v. i. [imp. & p. p. Contended; p. pr. & vb. n. Contending.] [OF. contendre, L. contendere, -tentum; con- + tendere to strech. See Tend.]
      1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

      For never two such kingdoms did contend

      Without much fall of blood. Shak.

      The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle. Deut. ii. 9.

      In ambitious strength I did

      Contend against thy valor. Shak.

      2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.

      You sit above, and see vain men below

      Contend for what you only can bestow. Dryden.

      3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.

      The question which our author would contend for. Locke.

      Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial. Dr. H. More.

      Syn. -- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.

    2. Contend, v. t. To struggle for; to contest. [R.]

      Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.