Dispute Definition

dĭ-spyo͝ot
disputed, disputes, disputing
verb
disputed, disputes, disputing
To argue; debate.
Webster's New World
To argue or debate (a question); discuss pro and con.
Webster's New World
To question the truth of; doubt.
Webster's New World
To oppose in any way; resist.
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To strive to gain or win; struggle over.
The two countries disputed the region for decades.
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noun
disputes
A disputing; argument; debate.
Webster's New World
A quarrel.
Webster's New World
A fight.
Webster's New World
The definition of a dispute is a disagreement among people.
An example of a dispute is the different positions people take on global warming.
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Antonyms:
agreement
idiom
beyond dispute
  • not open to dispute or question; settled
  • indisputably
Webster's New World
in dispute
  • still being argued about; not settled
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Dispute

Noun

Singular:
dispute
Plural:
disputes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Dispute

  • beyond dispute
  • in dispute

Origin of Dispute

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English disputen from Old French desputer from Latin disputāre to examine dis- apart dis– putāre to reckon pau-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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