- To contend is to believe something is a fact or to deal with a challenge.
- 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 of contendMiddle English contenden, to compete ; from Classical Latin contendere, to stretch out, strive after ; from com-, together + tendere, to stretch: see tense
verbcon·tend·ed, con·tend·ing, con·tends
- To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
- To strive in competition, as in a race; vie: two runners contending for the lead.
- To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
Origin of contendMiddle English contenden, from Latin contendere : com-, com- + tendere, to stretch, strive; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present contends, present participle contending, simple past and past participle contended)