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

 

controvert

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they controvert
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrt//
 
he / she / it controverts
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrts//
 
past simple controverted
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrtɪd//
 
past participle controverted
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrtɪd//
 
-ing form controverting
BrE BrE//ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntrəvɜːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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controvert something (formal) to say or prove that something is not true synonym refute see also incontrovertible Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin controversus (see controversy), on the pattern of pairs such as adversus (see adverse).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: controvert