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v. dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing, dis·putes
a. To express disagreement over: disputed the plaintiff's claims.
b. To express disagreement with (someone): made his point so forcefully that nobody dared dispute him.
2. To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.
a. To strive to gain or win; struggle over: The two countries disputed the region for decades.
b. To strive against; resist: disputed the advance of the marauders.
To engage in discussion or debate: The candidates disputed over foreign policy. See Synonyms at discuss.
1. A verbal controversy; a debate: the dispute over the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
2. A disagreement or quarrel: a bitter dispute over property rights.
[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.]
dis·put′a·ble (dĭ-spyo͞o′tə-bəl, dĭs′pyə-) adj.
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