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Definition 1: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation - [verb of communication]

Samples where contend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They contested the outcome of the race

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(contend is a kind of ...) be against; express opposition to

"We oppose the ban on abortion"

(... is a kind of contend ) take exception to

"She challenged his claims"

Definition 2: have an argument about something - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(contend is a kind of ...) carry on a conversation

(... is a kind of contend ) dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)

(... is a kind of contend ) fight verbally

"They were sparring all night"

(... is a kind of contend ) argue over petty things

"Let's not quibble over pennies"

(... is a kind of contend ) have a disagreement over something

"We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America" "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"

(... is a kind of contend ) be against; express opposition to

"We oppose the ban on abortion"

(contend implies ...) be of different opinions

"I beg to differ!" "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"

Definition 3: maintain or assert - [verb of communication]

Samples where contend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He contended that Communism had no future

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(contend is a kind of ...) assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

"He claimed that he killed the burglar"

Definition 4: compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of contend ) make an attempt at achieving something

"She tried for the Olympics"

(... is a kind of contend ) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(... is a kind of contend ) decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff

(... is a kind of contend ) compete in a race

"he is running the Marathon this year" "let's race and see who gets there first"

(... is a kind of contend ) be the rival of, be in competition with

"we are rivaling for first place in the race"

(... is a kind of contend ) compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with

"This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"

(... is a kind of contend ) be equal to in quality or ability

"Nothing can rival cotton for durability" "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues" "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"

Definition 5: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight - [verb of competition]

Samples where contend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tribesmen fought each other
  • Siblings are always fighting
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of contend ) carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

"Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

(... is a kind of contend ) fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders

(... is a kind of contend ) engage in a tourney

(... is a kind of contend ) carry out a feud

"The two professors have been feuding for years"

(... is a kind of contend ) engage in a skirmish

(... is a kind of contend ) exchange blows

(... is a kind of contend ) fight with fencing swords

(... is a kind of contend ) engage in a boxing match

(... is a kind of contend ) fight with spurs

"the gamecocks were sparring"

(... is a kind of contend ) fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters

"the drunken men started to scuffle"

(... is a kind of contend ) engage in a wrestling match

"The children wrestled in the garden"

(... is a kind of contend ) joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback

(... is a kind of contend ) fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman

"In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"

(... is a kind of contend ) exert full strength

"The pitcher bore down"

(... is a kind of contend ) fight with the fists

"The man wanted to fist-fight"

(... is a kind of contend ) engage in a conflict

"The battle over health care reform was joined"

(... is a kind of contend ) struggle in opposition

"She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"

(... is a kind of contend ) fight against or resist strongly

"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"

(... is a kind of contend ) get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury

"I finally settled with my old enemy"

(... is a kind of contend ) defend oneself

(... is a kind of contend ) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

"The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq" "We must combat the prejudices against other races" "they battled over the budget"

(... is a kind of contend ) make or wage war

(... is a kind of contend ) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

"Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II" "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

(contend implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Samples where contend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We got by on just a gallon of gas
  • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

Synonyms for contend in the sense of this definition

(contend is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of contend ) manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

"after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

(... is a kind of contend ) try to manage without help

"The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"

(... is a kind of contend ) be able to manage or manage successfully

"I can't hack it anymore" "she could not cut the long days in the office"

(... is a kind of contend ) manage one's existence barely

"I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"

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