dispute

[dih-spyoot]
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; Middle English (< Anglo-French, Old French desputer) < Latin disputāre to argue a point, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + putāre to reckon, consider; see putative

disputeless, adjective
disputer, noun
predispute, noun, verb, predisputed, predisputing.
redispute, verb, redisputed, redisputing.
undisputed, adjective
undisputedly, adverb
undisputing, adjective
well-disputed, adjective

dispute, refute.


2. bicker, squabble. 8. disputation, altercation, wrangle, bickering, squabble. See argument.
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dispute
 
vb
1.  to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
2.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
3.  (tr) to seek to win; contest for
4.  (tr) to struggle against; resist
 
n
5.  an argument or quarrel
 
[C13: from Late Latin disputāre to contend verbally, from Latin: to discuss, from dis-1 + putāre to think]
 
dis'puter
 
n

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Word Origin & History

dispute
early 13c., from O.Fr. desputer (12c.), from L. disputare "examine, discuss, argue," from dis- "separately" + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave). Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputed; disputing.
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Idioms & Phrases

dispute

see in dispute.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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