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contend

[kuh n-tend] /kənˈtɛnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to struggle in opposition:
to contend with the enemy for control of the port.
2.
to strive in rivalry; compete; vie:
to contend for first prize.
3.
to strive in debate; dispute earnestly:
to contend against falsehood.
verb (used with object)
4.
to assert or maintain earnestly:
He contended that taxes were too high.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English contenden < Anglo-French contendre < Latin contendere to compete, strive, draw tight, equivalent to con- con- + tendere to stretch; see tend1
Related forms
contender, noun
contendingly, adverb
noncontending, adjective
precontend, verb (used without object)
recontend, verb (used without object)
uncontended, adjective
uncontending, adjective
Can be confused
contend, contest.
Synonyms
1. wrestle, grapple, battle, fight. 2. See compete. 3. argue, wrangle. 4. hold, claim.
Antonyms
3. agree.
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British Dictionary definitions for contenders

contend

/kənˈtɛnd/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to struggle in rivalry, battle, etc; vie
2.
to argue earnestly; debate
3.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to assert or maintain
Derived Forms
contender, noun
contendingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contendere to strive, from com- with + tendere to stretch, aim
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Word Origin and History for contenders

contend

v.

mid-15c., from Old French contendre, from Latin contendere "to stretch out, strive after," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Contended; contending.

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