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contend

con·tend

contend

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tend
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: contended, contending, contends
definition 1: to strive against difficulties or opposition.
The ship contended with the high waves until, finally, it capsized.The prime minister is having to contend with criticism from his own party.
synonyms:
fight, grapple, strive, struggle, wrestle
similar words:
battle, combat, compete, cope, deal
definition 2: to strive in competition or rivalry.
They are one of several teams contending for the championship.
synonyms:
compete, contest, vie
similar words:
battle, duel, fight, jostle, joust, strive, war
definition 3: to strive in argument; dispute; debate.
They angrily contended about which plan was best.
synonyms:
altercate, argue, debate, disagree, dispute
antonyms:
concur
similar words:
clash, combat, compete, feud, fight, quarrel, spar, spat, squabble, wrangle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to assert in argument; state forcefully.
I've heard your arguments, but I still contend that humanity is basically good.
synonyms:
argue, assert, avow, claim, maintain
similar words:
affirm, allege, asseverate, aver, contest, debate, declare, insist, profess, pronounce, propound, protest, state
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derivation: contendingly (adv.)
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