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contend - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contend

(verb) maintain or assert
Synonyms : postulate
Example Sentence
  • He contended that Communism had no future

(verb) have an argument about something
Synonyms : argue , debate , fence

(verb) to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
Synonyms : contest , repugn
Example Sentence
  • They contested the outcome of the race

(verb) come to terms with
Synonyms : cope , deal , get by , grapple , make do , make out , manage
Example Sentence
  • We got by on just a gallon of gas
  • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

(verb) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
Synonyms : compete , vie

(verb) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
Synonyms : fight , struggle
Example Sentence
  • the tribesmen fought each other
  • Siblings are always fighting
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for contend

contend...sounds very similar to content....when the content of your essay is not good, you have less chances of COMPETEING WITH the other's essay.
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by preetisoni2411

U have less content to support ur point means u r highly unlikely to CONTEND(COMPETE)
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by friendofafriend

To increase the content of the argument - that is to support it
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by AndrewVarghese

contend...sounds very similar to content or contest....when the content of ur DEBATE is not good, u will STRUGGLE to COMPETE, and u wont be able to STATE STRONGLY your points.
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by samikbee

contend from contender who is a competitor so contend is to compete and struggle to achieve something
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by jovialgenius

contend>> contender>> contestant>> they say they support each other but in reality they r competing each other!
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by Prettynhappie

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by sharif2059

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