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Definition of contend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contend
    he / she / it contends
    past simple contended
    -ing form contending
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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 senator's thinking is flawed on this point.
  2. 2[intransitive] contend (for something) to compete against someone in order to gain something Three armed groups were contending for power.
  3. Phrasal Verbscontend with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: contend

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