contend

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for contend in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed 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.

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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.
  2. To struggle or exert oneself to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
    • (Can we date this quote by 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke?)
      The question which our author would contend for.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dr H. More?)
      Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.

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