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Definition of dispute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispute
    he / she / it disputes
    past simple disputed
    -ing form disputing
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  1. 1[transitive] to question whether something is true and valid dispute something These figures have been disputed. to dispute a decision/claim The family wanted to dispute the will. dispute that… No one is disputing that there is a problem. dispute whether, how, etc… it is disputed whether, how, etc… It is disputed whether the law applies in this case.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] dispute (something) to argue or disagree strongly with someone about something, especially about who owns something disputed territory The issue remains hotly disputed.
  3. 3[transitive] dispute something to fight to get control of something or to win something On the last lap, three runners were disputing the lead.
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