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

     

    dispute

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin disputare ‘to estimate’ (in late Latin ‘to dispute’), from dis- ‘apart’ + putare ‘reckon’.Extra examples No one can dispute the fact that men still hold the majority of public offices. The effectiveness of this treatment is still hotly disputed. The minister disputed the claim that the funding was insufficient. The United Nations recognizes the area as a disputed territory. The issue remains hotly disputed. The ownership of this land has been disputed for centuries. The players disputed the referee’s decision.
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