from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To oppose; to hold out in opposition.
- v. To offer as the reason for something; to pretend.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To oppose; to hold out in opposition.
- transitive v. To offer as the reason of anything; to pretend.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To oppose; hold out in opposition.
- To pretend; allege; plead as an excuse; offer as the reason of anything.
Latin obtendere, obtentum, to stretch or place before or against; ob (see ob-) + tendere to stretch. (Wiktionary)
The nation is first, and the plea is accurst That fosters a bias; its claims to obtend.