Dis·pute v. i. [imp. & p. p. Disputed; p. pr. & vb. n. Disputing.] To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
Therefore disputed [reasoned, --=\Rev. Ver.] he in synagogue with the Jews.\= --Acts xvii. 17.
Dis·pute, v. t.
1. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
The rest I reserve it be disputed how the magistrate is to do herein. --Milton.
2. To oppose by argument or assertion; to attempt to overthrow; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of; as, to dispute assertions or arguments.
To seize goods under the disputed authority of writs of assistance. --Bancroft.
3. To strive or contend about; to contest.
To dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards. --Prescott.
4. To struggle against; to resist. [Obs.]
Dispute it [grief] like a man. --Shak.
Syn: -- To controvert; contest; gainsay; doubt; question; argue; debate; discuss; impugn. See Argue.
1. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
To contemplation and profound dispute. --Milton.
2. Contest; struggle; quarrel.
Beyond dispute, Without dispute, indisputably; incontrovertibly.
Syn: -- Altercation; controversy; argumentation; debate; discussion; quarrel; disagreement; difference; contention; wrangling. See Altercation.
n 1: a disagreement or argument about something important; "he
had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable
differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans
and Democrats" [syn: difference, difference of
2: coming into conflict with [syn: contravention]
v 1: take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn: challenge,
2: have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the
question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo
fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: quarrel,
scrap, argufy, altercate]