Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
dispute

dis·pute

dispute

 
 
pronunciation:
dih spyut
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to argue or debate about (a question, proposal, or the like).
The family disputed who should be the rightful heir to the property.
synonyms:
argue, debate
similar words:
controvert, deny, discuss, oppugn
definition 2: to question the value or correctness of; challenge.
The team captain disputed the umpire's call.The government disputed their claim to the territory.
synonyms:
challenge, impugn, question
antonyms:
allow
similar words:
contest, contradict, deny, discredit, doubt, gainsay, object to, oppose, oppugn, rebut
definition 3: to argue or strive over; contest.
The two nations have disputed the border for years.
synonyms:
contest, vie for
antonyms:
concede
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: disputed, disputes, disputing
definition 1: to participate in argument or debate.
synonyms:
argue, contend, debate
similar words:
clash
definition 2: to quarrel.
synonyms:
disagree, fight, quarrel
antonyms:
agree
similar words:
altercate, argue, bicker, clash, contend, feud, squabble, wrangle
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an argument or controversy.
There is some dispute among scientists about the causes of this phenomenon.
synonyms:
argument, controversy
antonyms:
agreement
similar words:
altercation, debate, disagreement, discussion, dissension, feud, quarrel
definition 2: a quarrel.
The neighbors witnessed the dispute between the two men and called the police.A mediator was brought in to help settle the dispute.
synonyms:
disagreement, quarrel
antonyms:
agreement
similar words:
altercation, controversy, donnybrook, feud, fight, fracas, imbroglio, skirmish, spat, squabble, tiff
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivation: disputer (n.)
Word PartsSubscriber feature About this feature