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contend
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
She contended that...
Definition
to claim that something is true
  • 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.
    Chapter 3 (93% in)
contending = claiming
There are no more uses of "contend" flagged with this meaning in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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2  —3 uses as in:
She contended with it
Definition
to struggle
  • The thought of leaving my friends was decidedly the most painful thought with which I had to contend.
    Chapter 11 (39% in)
contend = struggle
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others.
    Chapter 1 (41% in)
  • contend = struggle
  • Now it was starvation, causing us to eat our own flesh;—now we were contending with the waves, and were drowned;—now we were overtaken, and torn to pieces by the fangs of the terrible bloodhound.
    Chapter 10 (66% in)
contending = struggling
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3  —2 uses as in:
She contended for the gold medal
Definition
to compete
  • I have seen Mary contending with the pigs for the offal thrown into the street.
    Chapter 6 (98% in)
contending = competing
  • 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.
    Chapter 3 (89% in)
contending = competing
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