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contend

con·tend

contend

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tend
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part of speech: verb
inflections: contended, contending, contends
definition 1: to struggle; fight against difficulties or opposition.
The ship contended with the high waves.She has to contend with heavy traffic on her way to work.
synonyms:
fight, wrestle
similar words:
battle, combat, compete, cope
definition 2: to compete.
The athletes are contending for first place.
synonyms:
compete
similar words:
battle, duel, fight, joust, strive
definition 3: to argue; dispute; debate.
They contended over which book was best.
synonyms:
argue, debate, disagree
antonyms:
concur
similar words:
clash, compete, feud, fight, quarrel, wrangle
derivation: contendingly (adv.)
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