Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) maintain or assert
  2. (verb, communication) have an argument about something
  3. (verb, communication) to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
  4. (verb, competition) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
  5. (verb, competition) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    Siblings are always fighting
    Militant groups are contending for control of the country
  6. (verb, social) come to terms with
    They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Contend

  1. mid-15c., from L. contendere "to stretch out, strive after," from com- intensive prefix + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Contended (pp. adj., c.1700); contender (1540s); contending (1590s). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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