- 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[transitive, intransitive] dispute (something) to argue or disagree strongly with somebody about something, especially about who owns something disputed territory The issue remains hotly disputed.
- 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. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin disputare
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dispute
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːt//he / she / it disputes
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːts//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːts//past simple disputed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːtɪd//past participle disputed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːtɪd//-ing form disputing
BrE BrE//dɪˈspjuːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspjuːtɪŋ//