To contend is to believe something is a fact or to deal with a challenge.verb
- An example of contend is when you argue that the sky is green.
- An example of contend is when you have to deal with a broken leg before going on a trip.
- to strive in combat; fight
- to strive in competition; vie: contend for a prize
- to strive in debate or controversy; dispute
Origin: ME contenden, to compete < L contendere, to stretch out, strive after < com-, together + tendere, to stretch: see tense
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verb con·tend·ed, con·tend·ing, con·tends verb, intransitive
- To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of strategic territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
- To compete, as in a race; vie.
- To strive in controversy or debate; dispute. See Synonyms at discuss.
Origin: Middle English contenden, from Latin contendere : com-, com- + tendere, to stretch, strive; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- con·tendˈer noun