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Verb: contend  kun'tend
  1. Maintain or assert
    "He contended that Communism had no future";
    - postulate
     
  2. Have an argument about something
    - argue, debate, fence
     
  3. To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
    "They contended the outcome of the race";
    - contest, repugn
     
  4. Deal with reasonably well despite some difficulty; come to terms with
    - cope, get by, make do, grapple, deal, manage
     
  5. Seek or strive for the same thing as someone else; engage in a contest
    "Iran also faces Japan as they contend for the Asian seat";
    - compete, vie
     
  6. Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
    "Militant groups are contending for control of the country";
    - fight, struggle

Derived forms: contended, contending, contends

Type of: act, claim, converse, discourse, move, oppose

Encyclopedia: Contend