Contend - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kənˈtend|  American pronunciation of the word contend
Brit.  |kənˈtɛnd|  British pronunciation of the word contend
- maintain or assert (syn: postulate)
He contended that Communism had no future
- have an argument about something (syn: argue, debate, fence)
- to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation (syn: contest)
- succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available (syn: cope, deal, get by, grapple, make out, manage)
- compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others (syn: compete, vie)
- be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight (syn: fight, struggle)
Militant groups are contending for control of the country

Examples

These people contend that they have earned the right to the land.

The team is expected to contend for the championship this year.

We try to make the trains run on time, but we can't contend against the weather.

When a marriage ends, the former husband and wife often contend over the children.

He contended that he had been cheated.

Three armed groups are contending for power.

Inevitably, fights break out between the members of contending groups.

Some astronomers contend that the universe may be younger than previously thought.

Columbus contended that the Earth was round

He contended that Communism had no future

Militant groups are contending for control of the country

...though his new job pays less, the pay is at least commensurable with the amount of work and the level of stress he must contend with...

...some people contend that whole wheat bread is significantly more nutritive than white bread...

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: contend
he/she/it: contends
present participle: contending
past tense: contended
past participle: contended
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