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Definition of contend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    contend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈtend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contend
    BrE BrE//kənˈtend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtend//
     
    he / she / it contends
    BrE BrE//kənˈtendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtendz//
     
    past simple contended
    BrE BrE//kənˈtendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtendɪd//
     
    past participle contended
    BrE BrE//kənˈtendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtendɪd//
     
    -ing form contending
    BrE BrE//kənˈtendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtendɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] contend that… (formal) to say that something is true, especially in an argument synonym maintain I would contend that the minister's thinking is flawed on this point.
  2. 2[intransitive] contend (for something) to compete against somebody in order to gain something Three armed groups were contending for power.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘compete for (something)’): from Old French contendre or Latin contendere, from con- ‘with’ + tendere ‘stretch, strive’. Phrasal Verbscontend with somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contend

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