Con·tend v. i. [imp. & p. p. Contended; p. pr. & vb. n. Contending.]
1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
For never two such kingdoms did contend
Without much fall of blood. --Shak.
The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle. --Deut. ii. 9.
In ambitious strength I did
Contend against thy valor. --Shak.
2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
You sit above, and see vain men below
Contend for what you only can bestow. --Dryden.
3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
The question which our author would contend for. --Locke.
Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial. --Dr. H. More.
Syn: -- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.
Con·tend, v. t. To struggle for; to contest. [R.]
Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.
v 1: maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no
future" [syn: postulate]
2: have an argument about something [syn: argue, debate, fence]
3: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation;
"They contested the outcome of the race" [syn: contest,
4: compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself
against others [syn: compete, vie]
5: come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just
a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread
every day" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do,
grapple, deal, manage]