- 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[intransitive] contend (for something) to compete against someone in order to gain something Three armed groups were contending for power. Phrasal Verbscontend with something
NAmE//kənˈtɛnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contend
he / she / it contends
past simple contended
-ing form contending