- 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 verb-·put′ed, -·put′ing
- 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
- Obs. a fight
- not open to dispute or question; settled
verbdis·put·ed, dis·put·ing, dis·putes
- a. To express disagreement over: disputed the plaintiff's claims.b. To express disagreement with (someone): made his point so forcefully that nobody dared dispute him.
- 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.
- A verbal controversy; a debate: the dispute over the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
- A disagreement or quarrel: a bitter dispute over property rights.
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.