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Definitions of contend

  1. To strive; to struggle in opposition; to strive to obtain or to keep; to dispute; to strive to convince. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To maintain or assert. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To maintain in argument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To strive in opposition; vie; dispute or debate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To strive: to struggle in emulation or in opposition: to dispute or debate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To strive; quarrel; maintain by debate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To struggle for; to contest. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To strive; to struggle in opposition; to dispute earnestly; to debate; to strive to obtain; to quarrel. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for contend

  1. I will contend against it to the last. – Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. It is hard work to row against the stream, and in Timar's present frame of mind he was in no mood for muscular exertion; there was in his heart a stronger current, to contend against which he needed all his strength. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
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