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.
We contend that he is guilty.
Armies contending for control of territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
Two runners contending for the lead.
The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.
Contend for a prize.
Origin of contend
- Middle English contenden from Latin contendere com- com- tendere to stretch, strive ten- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition