- 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.
dispute definition by Webster's New World
- to argue; debate
- to quarrel
Origin: Middle English disputen ; from Old French desputer ; from Classical Latin disputare, literally , to compute, discuss, hence argue about ; from dis-, apart plush 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
dispute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing, dis·putes verb, transitive
- To argue about; debate.
- To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.
- To strive to win (a prize, for example); contest for: Our team disputed the visitors' claim to the championship.
- To strive against; resist: disputed the actions of his competitors.
- To engage in discussion or argument; debate. See Synonyms at discuss.
- To quarrel angrily.
- A verbal controversy; a debate.
- An angry altercation; a quarrel. See Synonyms at argument.
Origin: Middle 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.
- dis·putˈer noun
dispute - Phrases/Idioms
- not open to dispute or question; settled