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CONTEND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contend mean? 

CONTEND (verb)
  The verb CONTEND has 6 senses:

1. maintain or assert
2. have an argument about something
3. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
4. compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
5. come to terms or deal successfully with
6. be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

  Familiarity information: CONTEND used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTEND (verb)


Sense 1contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Maintain or assert

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

contend; postulate

Context example:

He contended that Communism had no future

Hypernyms (to "contend" is one way to...):

claim (assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have an argument about something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

argue; contend; debate; fence

Hypernyms (to "contend" is one way to...):

converse; discourse (carry on a conversation)

"Contend" entails doing...:

differ; disagree; dissent; take issue (be of different opinions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contend"):

stickle (dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points))

spar (fight verbally)

bicker; brabble; niggle; pettifog; quibble; squabble (argue over petty things)

altercate; argufy; dispute; quarrel; scrap (have a disagreement over something)

oppose (be against; express opposition to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

contest; repugn; contend

Context example:

They contested the outcome of the race

Hypernyms (to "contend" is one way to...):

oppose (be against; express opposition to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contend"):

challenge; dispute; gainsay (take exception to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

vie; compete; contend

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contend"):

equal; match; rival; touch (be equal to in quality or ability)

emulate (compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with)

rival (be the rival of, be in competition with)

race; run (compete in a race)

run off (decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff)

play (participate in games or sport)

go for; try for (make an attempt at achieving something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to terms or deal successfully with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

make do; grapple; get by; cope; manage; deal; contend; make out

Context examples:

We got by on just a gallon of gas / They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

Hypernyms (to "contend" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contend"):

rub along; scrape along; scrape by; scratch along; squeak by; squeeze by (manage one's existence barely)

cut; hack (be able to manage or manage successfully)

fend (try to manage without help)

extemporize; improvise (manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand)

cope with; match; meet (satisfy or fulfill)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 6contend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight; struggle; contend

Context examples:

the tribesmen fought each other / Siblings are always fighting / Militant groups are contending for control of the country

"Contend" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contend"):

tourney (engage in a tourney)

feud (carry out a feud)

skirmish (engage in a skirmish)

bandy (exchange blows)

fence (fight with fencing swords)

box (engage in a boxing match)

spar (fight with spurs)

scuffle; tussle (fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters)

wrestle (engage in a wrestling match)

engage; wage (carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns))

chicken-fight; chickenfight (fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders)

joust (joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback)

duel (fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman)

bear down (exert full strength)

fistfight (fight with the fists)

join battle (engage in a conflict)

tug (struggle in opposition)

defend; fight; fight back; fight down; oppose (fight against or resist strongly)

get back; settle (get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury)

fight back (defend oneself)

battle; combat (battle or contend against in or as if in a battle)

war (make or wage war)

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


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