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con·tend

 (kən-tĕnd′)
v. con·tend·ed, con·tend·ing, con·tends
v.intr.
1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
2. To strive in competition, as in a race; vie: two runners contending for the lead.
3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
v.tr.
To assert or maintain: The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.

[Middle English contenden, from Latin contendere : com-, com- + tendere, to stretch, strive; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tend′er n.

contend

(kənˈtɛnd)
vb
1. (often foll by: with) to struggle in rivalry, battle, etc; vie
2. to argue earnestly; debate
3. (tr; may take a clause as object) to assert or maintain
[C15: from Latin contendere to strive, from com- with + tendere to stretch, aim]
conˈtender n
conˈtendingly adv

con•tend

(kənˈtɛnd)

v.i.
1. to struggle or vie in opposition or rivalry; compete: to contend for first prize.
2. to strive in debate; dispute.
v.t.
3. to assert or maintain earnestly: She contended that taxes were too high.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French contendre < Latin contendere to compete, strive, draw tight =con- con- + tendere to stretch]
con•tend′er, n.
con•tend′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See compete.

contend


Past participle: contended
Gerund: contending

Imperative
contend
contend
Present
I contend
you contend
he/she/it contends
we contend
you contend
they contend
Preterite
I contended
you contended
he/she/it contended
we contended
you contended
they contended
Present Continuous
I am contending
you are contending
he/she/it is contending
we are contending
you are contending
they are contending
Present Perfect
I have contended
you have contended
he/she/it has contended
we have contended
you have contended
they have contended
Past Continuous
I was contending
you were contending
he/she/it was contending
we were contending
you were contending
they were contending
Past Perfect
I had contended
you had contended
he/she/it had contended
we had contended
you had contended
they had contended
Future
I will contend
you will contend
he/she/it will contend
we will contend
you will contend
they will contend
Future Perfect
I will have contended
you will have contended
he/she/it will have contended
we will have contended
you will have contended
they will have contended
Future Continuous
I will be contending
you will be contending
he/she/it will be contending
we will be contending
you will be contending
they will be contending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contending
you have been contending
he/she/it has been contending
we have been contending
you have been contending
they have been contending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contending
you will have been contending
he/she/it will have been contending
we will have been contending
you will have been contending
they will have been contending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contending
you had been contending
he/she/it had been contending
we had been contending
you had been contending
they had been contending
Conditional
I would contend
you would contend
he/she/it would contend
we would contend
you would contend
they would contend
Past Conditional
I would have contended
you would have contended
he/she/it would have contended
we would have contended
you would have contended
they would have contended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contend - maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"
claim - assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He claimed that he killed the burglar"
2.contend - have an argument about somethingcontend - have an argument about something  
stickle - dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar - fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
bicker, brabble, pettifog, squabble, quibble, niggle - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
altercate, argufy, quarrel, scrap, dispute - have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
oppose - be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
3.contend - to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"
oppose - be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
challenge, dispute, gainsay - take exception to; "She challenged his claims"
4.contend - come to terms with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
extemporize, improvise - manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"
fend - try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"
hack, cut - be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by - manage one's existence barely; "I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"
cope with, match, meet - satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams"
5.contend - compete for somethingcontend - compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
try for, go for - make an attempt at achieving something; "She tried for the Olympics"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
run off - decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
race, run - compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first"
rival - be the rival of, be in competition with; "we are rivaling for first place in the race"
emulate - compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with; "This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"
rival, equal, match, touch - be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
6.contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
bear down - exert full strength; "The pitcher bore down"
fistfight - fight with the fists; "The man wanted to fist-fight"
join battle - engage in a conflict; "The battle over health care reform was joined"
tug - struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
fight down, oppose, fight, fight back, defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
get back, settle - get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury; "I finally settled with my old enemy"
fight back - defend oneself
battle, combat - battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"
war - make or wage war
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
duel - fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman; "In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"
joust - joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback
chickenfight, chicken-fight - fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders
tourney - engage in a tourney
feud - carry out a feud; "The two professors have been feuding for years"
skirmish - engage in a skirmish
bandy - exchange blows
fence - fight with fencing swords
box - engage in a boxing match
spar - fight with spurs; "the gamecocks were sparring"
tussle, scuffle - fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters; "the drunken men started to scuffle"
wrestle - engage in a wrestling match; "The children wrestled in the garden"
wage, engage - carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

contend

verb
1. argue, hold, maintain, allege, assert, affirm, avow, aver The government contends that he is a fundamentalist.
2. compete, fight, struggle, clash, contest, strive, vie, grapple, jostle, skirmish The two main groups contended for power.
contend with something face, meet, deal with, oppose, tackle, cope with, confront, grapple with It is time, once again, to contend with racism.

contend

verb
1. To strive in opposition:
2. To strive against (others) for victory:
3. To put forth reasons for or against something, often excitedly:
5. To put into words positively and with conviction:
Idiom: have it.
Translations
يَقول، يَدَّعي، يُؤكِّد القَوليُكافِح، يُقاوِم، يُنافِس
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hævdekæmpe medpåståslås med
berjastfullyrîa
įsitikinimas
apgalvotcīnītiesstrīdēties
iddia etmekileri sürmekmücadele etmekuğraşmak

contend

[kənˈtend]
A. VT to contend thatafirmar que, sostener que
B. VI to contend (with sb) for sthcompetir (con algn) por algo
we have many problems to contend withse nos plantean muchos problemas
you'll have me to contend withtendrás que vértelas conmigo
he has a lot to contend withtiene que enfrentarse a muchos problemas

contend

[kənˈtɛnd]
vi
to contend with sth (= deal with) [+ problem, difficulty] → affronter qch
He has a lot to contend with
BUT Il a beaucoup de problèmes à résoudre.
to have to contend with (= face the problem of) → devoir affronter, être aux prises avec
(= compete) to contend for sth → se disputer qch
to contend with sb for sth → disputer qch à qn
vt (= claim) to contend that → soutenir que, prétendre que

contend

vi
(= compete)kämpfen; to contend (with somebody) for something(mit jdm) um etw kämpfen; then you’ll have me to contend withdann bekommst du es mit mir zu tun; but I’ve got two directors to contend withaber ich habe es mit zwei Direktoren zu tun
(= cope) to contend with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw fertig werden
vtbehaupten

contend

[kənˈtɛnd]
1. vt to contend that (frm) → sostenere che, asserire che
2. vi (fig) to contend (with sb) for sthcontendersi qc (con qn)
we have many problems to contend with → dobbiamo lottare contro molti problemi
you'll have me to contend with → dovrai vedertela con me
he has a lot to contend with → ha un sacco di guai

contend

(kənˈtend) verb
1. (usually with with) to struggle against.
2. (with that) to say or maintain (that).
conˈtender noun
a person who has entered a competition (for a title etc).
conˈtention noun
1. an opinion put forward.
2. argument; disagreement.
conˈtentious (-ʃəs) adjective
quarrelsome.
References in classic literature ?
On reaching the entrance, the younger men in advance made way for their seniors; and the whole proceeded along the low, dark gallery, with the firmness of warriors ready to devote themselves to the public good, though, at the same time, secretly doubting the nature of the power with which they were about to contend.
His error lay in supposing that this age, more than any past or future one, is destined to see the tattered garments of Antiquity exchanged for a new suit, instead of gradually renewing themselves by patchwork; in applying his own little life-span as the measure of an interminable achievement; and, more than all, in fancying that it mattered anything to the great end in view whether he himself should contend for it or against it.
What I contend for is the authenticity of the outline.
In this enterprise, however, he had more real difficulties than generally fell to the lot of a knight-errant of yore, who seldom had anything but giants, enchanters, fiery dragons, and such like easily conquered adversaries, to contend with and had to make his way merely through gates of iron and brass, and walls of adamant to the castle keep, where the lady of his heart was confined; all which he achieved as easily as a man would carve his way to the centre of a Christmas pie; and then the lady gave him her hand as a matter of course.
He well knew the futility of trying to contend against witches, so he gave up discouraged.
I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others.
She must have had much more to contend with, in carrying on the correspondence, than he could.
Elinor would not contend, and only replied, "Whoever may have been so detestably your enemy, let them be cheated of their malignant triumph, my dear sister, by seeing how nobly the consciousness of your own innocence and good intentions supports your spirits.
My father, indeed, imposed the determination, but since his death, I have not a legitimate obstacle to contend with; some affairs settled, a successor for Morton provided, an entanglement or two of the feelings broken through or cut asunder--a last conflict with human weakness, in which I know I shall overcome, because I have vowed that I WILL overcome--and I leave Europe for the East.
She has one great misfortune to contend with: she's not made for the ordinary jog-trot of a woman's life.
Greater things than the Doctor had at that time to contend with, would have yielded before his persevering purpose.
They are wonderfully virtuous, I dare say - some people contend for that, at least; and I am sure I don't want to contradict them - but they have not very fine natures, and they may be thankful that, like their coarse rough skins, they are not easily wounded.