- The definition of a dispute is a disagreement among people.
An example of a dispute is the different positions people take on global warming.
- To dispute is defined as to question the truth of something or to fight for the lead.
- An example of dispute is when you question whether a claim is true.
- An example of dispute is when you try to win a tennis match so that you will be the leader.
intransitive verbdisputed, disputing
- to argue; debate
- to quarrel
Origin of disputeMiddle English disputen ; from Old French desputer ; from Classical Latin disputare, literally , to compute, discuss, hence argue about ; from dis-, apart + putare, to think: see putative
- to argue or debate (a question); discuss pro and con
- to question the truth of; doubt
- to oppose in any way; resist
- to fight for; contest: to dispute every foot of ground
- a disputing; argument; debate
- a quarrel
- Obsolete a fight
- not open to dispute or question; settled
verbdis·put·ed, dis·put·ing, dis·putes
- a. To argue about; debate: an issue that was disputed at the national convention.b. To argue or debate with (someone).
- To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.
- a. To strive to gain or win; struggle over: The two countries disputed the region for decades.b. To strive against; resist: disputed the advance of the marauders.
- To engage in discussion or argument; debate. See Synonyms at discuss.
- To quarrel angrily.
- A verbal controversy; a debate.
- An angry altercation; a quarrel.
Origin of disputeMiddle English disputen, from Old French desputer, from Latin disputāre, to examine : dis-, apart; see dis– + putāre, to reckon; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present disputes, present participle disputing, simple past and past participle disputed)
- (intransitive) To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another.
- To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
- Some residents disputed the proposal, saying it was based more on emotion than fact.
- To oppose by argument or assertion; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of.
- to dispute assertions or arguments
- To strive or contend about; to contest.
From Middle English disputen, from Old French desputer (French disputer), from Latin disputare (“to dispute, discuss, examine, compute, estimate”), from dis- (“apart”) + putare (“to reckon, consider, think, originally make clean, clear up”), related to purus (“pure”). Compare compute, count, impute, repute, amputate, etc.