Contend meaning

kən-tĕnd'
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.

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To strive in debate or controversy; dispute.
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To strive in combat; fight.
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To strive in competition; vie.

Contend for a prize.

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To hold to be a fact; assert.

We contend that he is guilty.

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To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
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To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
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To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
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To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle.

Armies contending for control of territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.

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To strive in competition, as in a race; vie.

Two runners contending for the lead.

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To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
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To assert or maintain.

The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.

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Origin of contend

From Old French contendre, from Latin contendere (“to stretch out, extend, strive after, contend”), from com- (“together”) + tendere (“to stretch”); see tend, and compare attend, extend, intend, subtend.