from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of strategic territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
- intransitive v. To compete, as in a race; vie.
- intransitive v. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute. See Synonyms at discuss.
- transitive v. To maintain or assert: The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
- v. to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
- v. to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
- intransitive v. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
- intransitive v. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
- transitive v. To struggle for; to contest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strive; struggle in opposition or emulation: used absolutely, or with against or with.
- To endeavor; use earnest efforts, as for the purpose of obtaining, defending, preserving, etc.: usually with for before the object striven after.
- To dispute earnestly; strive in debate; wrangle: as, the parties contend about trifles.
- To dispute; contest.
- To assert; affirm; maintain: as, I contend that the thing is impossible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come to terms with
- v. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
- v. have an argument about something
- v. compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
- v. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
- v. maintain or assert
Middle English contenden, from Latin contendere : com-, com- + tendere, to stretch, strive; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From contendere ("to stretch out, extend, strive after, contend"), from com- ("together") + tendere ("to stretch"); see tend, and compare attend, extend, intend, subtend. (Wiktionary)