contend

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

contend (third-person singular simple present contends, present participle contending, simple past and past participle contended)

  1. to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy ii. 9
      The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
    • Shakespeare
      For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood.
  2. to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
    • Dryden
      You sit above, and see vain men below / Contend for what you only can bestow.
  3. to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
    • John Locke
      The question which our author would contend for.
    • Dr H. More
      Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.

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