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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To argue about; debate.
  • transitive v. To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.
  • transitive v. To strive to win (a prize, for example); contest for: Our team disputed the visitors' claim to the championship.
  • transitive v. To strive against; resist: disputed the actions of his competitors.
  • intransitive v. To engage in discussion or argument; debate. See Synonyms at discuss.
  • intransitive v. To quarrel angrily.
  • n. A verbal controversy; a debate.
  • n. An angry altercation; a quarrel. See Synonyms at argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An argument or disagreement, a failure to agree.
  • n. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  • n. Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  • v. To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another.
  • v. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  • v. To oppose by argument or assertion; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of.
  • v. To strive or contend about; to contest.
  • v. To struggle against; to resist.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  • n. Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  • intransitive v. To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
  • transitive v. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  • transitive v. To oppose by argument or assertion; to attempt to overthrow; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of.
  • transitive v. To strive or contend about; to contest.
  • transitive v. To struggle against; to resist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To engage in argument or discussion; argue in opposition; oppose another in argument: absolutely or with with or against.
  • Hence To engage in altercation; wrangle; quarrel.
  • To strive or contend in opposition to a competitor; compete: as, to dispute for the prize.
  • To argue about; discuss.
  • To argue against; attempt to disprove or overthrow by reasoning; controvert; deny: as, to dispute an assertion, opinion, claim, or the like.
  • To call in question; express doubt of or opposition to; object to.
  • To strive to gain or to maintain; contest: as, to dispute a prize.
  • To encounter; strive against.
  • Synonyms Debate, Discuss, etc. See argue.
  • n. Argumentative contention: earnest discussion of opposing views or opinions; controversial strife.
  • n. Wrangling; contention; strife; quarrel.
  • n. A contest of any kind.
  • n. Synonyms Controversy, Dispute (see controversy), debate, discussion, altercation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take exception to
  • n. a disagreement or argument about something important
  • v. have a disagreement over something
  • n. coming into conflict with

Etymologies

Middle English disputen, from Old French desputer, from Latin disputāre, to examine : dis-, apart; see dis- + putāre, to reckon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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