Contend Definition

contended, contends
contended, contends
To strive in combat; fight.
Webster's New World
To strive in competition; vie.
Contend for a prize.
Webster's New World
To hold to be a fact; assert.
We contend that he is guilty.
Webster's New World
To strive in debate or controversy; dispute.
Webster's New World

To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.


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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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


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