Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To argue about; debate.
  • intransitive verb To argue or debate with (someone).
  • intransitive verb To question the truth or validity of; doubt.
  • intransitive verb To strive to gain or win; struggle over.
  • intransitive verb To strive against; resist.
  • intransitive verb To engage in discussion or argument; debate. synonym: discuss.
  • intransitive verb To quarrel angrily.
  • noun A verbal controversy; a debate.
  • noun An angry altercation; a quarrel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Argumentative contention: earnest discussion of opposing views or opinions; controversial strife.
  • noun Wrangling; contention; strife; quarrel.
  • noun A contest of any kind.
  • noun Synonyms Controversy, Dispute (see controversy), debate, discussion, altercation.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To strive or contend about; to contest.
  • transitive verb obsolete To struggle against; to resist.
  • intransitive verb To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
  • noun Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  • noun Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  • noun indisputably; incontrovertibly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An argument or disagreement, a failure to agree.
  • noun Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  • noun Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  • verb To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another.
  • verb To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  • verb 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.
  • verb To strive or contend about; to contest.
  • verb To struggle against; to resist.

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

  • verb take exception to
  • noun a disagreement or argument about something important
  • verb have a disagreement over something
  • noun coming into conflict with

Etymologies

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

[Middle English disputen, from Old French desputer, from Latin disputāre, to examine : dis-, apart; see dis– + putāre, to reckon; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

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  • The two Balkan neighbors have failed to resolve a name dispute that has blocked the tiny republic's accession to NATO and progress toward becoming a member of the European Union.

    Giant Alexander Statue Erected In Macedonia, Vexing Greece

  • The two Balkan neighbors have failed to resolve a name dispute that has blocked the tiny republic's accession to NATO and progress toward becoming a member of the European Union.

    Giant Alexander Statue Erected In Macedonia, Vexing Greece

  • To criticize Israel without mentioning other countries whose violations of human rights aren't even in dispute is anti-Semitic.

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  • Almost two decades of UN-led negotiations over the name dispute have been fruitless.

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  • The question in dispute is whether Job was an honest man or no, the same question that was in dispute between God and Satan in the first two chapters.

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  • In the final findings for bidders to use in preparation for the lease sale, published November 9th, Division of Oil and Gas officials say the U-S State Department has notified Alaska of the title dispute, and that potential bidders should? be prepared for [...] (HTML is stripped out and links are not linked.)

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  • In the final findings for bidders to use in preparation for the lease sale, published November 9th, Division of Oil and Gas officials say the U-S State Department has notified Alaska of the title dispute, and that potential bidders should? be prepared for [...] (HTML is stripped out and links are not linked.)

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  • This dispute is the latest flashpoint in one of this sport's longest-running battles — between Europe's richest pro teams that pay the game's superstars, and the national federations that participate in tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship.

    Bayern Munich versus The Netherlands

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