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dispute

[dih-spyoot] /dɪˈspyut/
verb (used without object), disputed, disputing.
1.
to engage in argument or debate.
2.
to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
verb (used with object), disputed, disputing.
3.
to argue or debate about; discuss.
4.
to argue against; call in question:
to dispute a proposal.
5.
to quarrel or fight about; contest.
6.
to strive against; oppose:
to dispute an advance of troops.
noun
7.
a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
8.
a wrangling argument; quarrel.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French, Old French desputer) < Latin disputāre to argue a point, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + putāre to reckon, consider; see putative
Related forms
disputeless, adjective
disputer, noun
predispute, noun, verb, predisputed, predisputing.
redispute, verb, redisputed, redisputing.
undisputed, adjective
undisputedly, adverb
undisputing, adjective
well-disputed, adjective
Can be confused
dispute, refute.
Synonyms
2. bicker, squabble. 8. disputation, altercation, wrangle, bickering, squabble. See argument.
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Examples from the web for dispute
  • The dispute between these two camps isn't one where people often change their minds at the drop of an argument.
  • Anyone who attempts to argue that there is still significant dispute about the science is mis-characterizing the truth.
  • One theory is a family dispute of some sort: there are reports of an argument before the shooting rampage.
  • The dispute was between two students.
  • The dispute highlights the town's—and state's—predicament.
  • The dispute raises unprecedented questions for distance education.
  • Although the linguistic dispute may appear trivial, the row compacts ancient hatreds and modern resentments into a toxic compound.
  • The present dispute is very different from anything we have seen in the past.
  • Few could dispute his remarks or his credentials.
  • Whether a contract exists in this case is in dispute.
British Dictionary definitions for dispute

dispute

verb (dɪˈspjuːt)
1.
to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
3.
(transitive) to seek to win; contest for
4.
(transitive) to struggle against; resist
noun (dɪˈspjuːt; ˈdɪspjuːt)
5.
an argument or quarrel
Derived Forms
disputer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin disputāre to contend verbally, from Latin: to discuss, from dis-1 + putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for dispute
v.

c.1300, from Old French desputer (12c.) "dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss," from Latin disputare "weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain," from dis- "separately" (see dis-) + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave).

Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputable; disputed; disputing. The noun is not certainly recorded before 1590s (disputacioun in that sense is from late 14c.).

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Idioms and Phrases with dispute

dispute

see: in dispute
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