- 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[intransitive] contend (for something) to compete against somebody in order to gain something Three armed groups were contending for power. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘compete for (something)’): from Old French contendre or Latin contendere, from con-
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//