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contend -- as in: She contended for the gold medal
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as in: She contended for the gold medal Define
to compete
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country
  • The teams are in fierce contention for first place.
  • Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.
    Lawana Blackwell

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  • "Instead of indulging in feelings of despondency let us compare our situation and cause to those of our illustrious ancestors who achieved the liberties we have ever enjoyed and for which we are now contending."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Indeed, it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quarrel among themselves about the relative goodness of their masters, each contending for the superior goodness of his own over that of the others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Another right to the body, it looks like it was low Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the referee is signaling but the contender keeps raining the blows on Louis.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It’s not easy trying to become a contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • I’ll take on all contenders, gladly, test them head-to-head!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ...neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. (16:10)
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes

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  • I have dwelt upon the greatness of Athens because I want to show you that we are contending for a higher prize than those who enjoy none of these privileges, and to establish by manifest proof the merit of these men whom I am now commemorating.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Maybe he’d be one of the contenders, maybe he wouldn’t have been picked at all . it was hard to say if the risk would have been worth it in the end.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • I wasn’t no middleweight contender, but I wasn’t bad, either.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • They were now in contention for a top spot.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Given these considerations, along with the disinterested manner I affected, I am almost sure that it never crossed either Sophie’s or Nathan’s mind that I might be a serious contender for her affections.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Santos, contenders for the division championship, were well-coached, disciplined, and quick.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • A handful of us are moved into an additional class that gives me hope I may be a contender for the actual war.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I’ve never been a contender in these Games anyway.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He was a fierce field contender but a lackadaisical, amused sort of student in the classrooms.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The heads of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang will be arriving with their short-listed contenders in October, and the selection of the three champions will take place at Halloween.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • From a scramble of contenders I got one of the jugs, elbowed off a counterattack, opened it, sampled it, choked, and then went through with my original plan by stopping Brinker’s mouth with it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When you have done all this, or seen it done, it will be time to ponder concerning these contenders in your house- how you should kill them, outright or by guile.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Harry had never before considered the possibility that there might be another teacher in the world he hated more than Snape, but as he walked back towards Gryffindor Tower he had to admit he had found a strong contender.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Ruben Navarro — also known as The Maravilla Kid — was then a contender for the world’s featherweight title.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Start going back and reach five or six people who are logical contenders.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The contender jumps into the champion’s ring to draw the champion out of his corner.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But Granville’s presence probably did work against Seabiscuit, simply by virtue of the demands that a Kentucky Derby contender makes on his trainer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • That would be Five Properties shambling through the cottage, Anna’s immense brother, long armed and humped, his head grown off the thick band of muscle as original as a bole on his back, hair tender and greenish brown, eyes completely green, clear, estimating, primitive, and sardonic, an Eskimo smile of primitive simplicity opening on Eskimo teeth buried in high gums, kidding, gleeful, and unfrank; a big-footed contender for wealth.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Otherwise, he could have had class; he could have been a contender.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • They had been one of the weakest teams in the NFL and were now, overnight, a contender.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • She had produced a budding contender for Cousin Edwin’s crown of glory.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • They are his bloodhounds, and if not the worst abominations under the sight of Heaven, they are easily contenders for the crown.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Of all the contenders, the one who made the greatest progress toward winning Blanca’s hand was the King of the Pressure Cookers.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It would not be proper for me to be seen to favor one contender over another.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • For a second it seems like the crowd’s attention has made her uncomfortable and I’m ready to dismiss her as a real contender until I study her again.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • My hostess and my Princess were dressed fit to kill, sure—but one of my flunkies, a sixteen-year-old strong contender for Miss Nevia, was dressed only in jewelry but so much of it that she was more "modestly" dressed than Star or Doral Letva, the Lady Doral.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • And Xanthos, in his Einger over all the young men dead, cut down by Akhilleus pitilessly in the stream, gave heart to this contender.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders, I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I have seen Mary contending with the pigs for the offal thrown into the street.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Picking up the weapon now and the swift arrow,
    he stood at the threshold, poised to try the bow
    but failed to bend it. As soon as he tugged the string
    his hands went slack, his soft, uncallused hands,
    and he called back to the suitors, "Friends,
    I can’t bend it. Take it, someone—try.
    Here is a bow to rob our best of life and breath,
    all our best contenders! ...
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • You have to start by wanting to be a contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • You have to start by wanting to be a contender, the man coming up, the man who knows there’s a good chance he’ll never get to the top, the man who’s willing to sweat and bleed to get up as high as his legs and his brains and his heart will take him.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • In debate, especially when the dispute is hot and supercharged and freighted with ill will, I have always been the flabbiest of contenders.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was simply a matter of finding the right contender-’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The contender is hanging on, now he’s backing away.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Odysseus then you are, O great contender, of whom the glittering god with golden wand spoke to me ever, and foretold the black swift ship would carry you from Troy.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But for me he was the perfect contender.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • For a while I was rated the Number Seven light-heavyweight contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • The contender’s right eye is bleeding and he can’t seem to keep his block up.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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as in: She contended that... Define
to claim that something is true
as in: She contended with it Define
to struggle
as in: She contended for the gold medal Define
to compete
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