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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 Origin late 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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