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contend

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1  —as in:
She contended that...
Definition to claim that something is true
  • Her lawyer contends that the contract isn't valid.
contends = claims or says
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She contends that they quoted her out of context.
  • contends = claims
  • He stopped, satisfied that he had proved his contention.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Do you know, Mr. Proctor, that the entire contention of the state in these trials is that the voice of Heaven is speaking through the children?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • contention = something claimed
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Others contended that the stigma had not been produced until a long time subsequent, when old Roger Chillingworth, being a potent necromancer, had caused it to appear, through the agency of magic and poisonous drugs.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • contended = claimed
  • When Colonel Lloyd's slaves met the slaves of Jacob Jepson, they seldom parted without a quarrel about their masters; Colonel Lloyd's slaves contending that he was the richest, and Mr. Jepson's slaves that he was the smartest, and most of a man.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • contending = claiming
  • Whose idealism could survive all that? A good bit of evidence exists to support Linderman's contention that it did not survive.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • contention = claim (that something is true)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The dis—United States would fragment into several petty, squabbling autocracies, proving the contention of European monarchists and reactionaries that this harebrained experiment in democracy could not last.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He contends that the styles shouldn't be mixed.
  • I contend, that ... wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure ...
    Socrates

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2  —as in:
She contended with it
Definition to struggle
  • She contends with headaches.
contends = struggles
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Politicians have to contend with false attacks.
  • contend = struggle
  • Against death, we contend in vain.
  • contend = struggle
  • I have had enough contention since I came; I want no more.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • contention = argument
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 'If you have your lower animals to contend with,' he said, 'we have our lower classes!'
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • contend = struggle
  • The thought of leaving my friends was decidedly the most painful thought with which I had to contend.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • contend = struggle
  • He has enough attention from other kids without having to contend with that kind of reputation.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • contend = struggle
  • Well, you know what we have to contend against, but we too, are not without strength.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • contend = struggle
  • She had, moreover, to contend with one disagreeable emotion entirely new to her—jealousy.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • contend = struggle
  • What I contend for is the authenticity of the outline.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
contend = struggle

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3  —as in:
She contended for the gold medal
Definition to compete
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country
contending = competing
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The teams are in fierce contention for first place.
  • contention = competition
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.
    Lawana Blackwell
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I've never been a contender in these Games anyway.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • contender = competitor (with a chance of winning)
  • 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
  • contending = competing
  • 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
  • contenders = contestants (competitors)
  • They were now in contention for a top spot.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. (16:10)
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes
  • contend = compete
  • I'll take on all contenders, gladly, test them head-to-head!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
contenders = contestants (competitors)

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