contend

[con┬Ětend]

To defend a belief or keep affirming that it's true is to contend. People used to contend that the earth was flat, but eventually, when no one dropped off the edge no matter how far they traveled, the "round" theory won.

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To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

Verb
maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"

Verb
have an argument about something

Verb
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"

Verb
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Verb
come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

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v. i.
To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

v. i.
To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.

v. i.
To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.

v. t.
To struggle for; to contest.


Contend

Con*tend" , v. i. [imp. & p.p. Contended; p.pr. & vb.n. Contending.] [OF. contendre, L. contendere, -tentum; con- + tendere to strech. See Tend.] 1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
For never two such kingdoms did content Without much fall of blood.
The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
In ambitious strength I did Contend against thy valor.
2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
You sit above, and see vain men below Contend for what you only can bestow.
3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
The question which our author would contend for.
Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
Syn. -- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.

Contend

Con*tend", v. t. To struggle for; to contest. [R.]
Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.

To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

To struggle for; to contest.

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Usage Examples

While the resurrection promises us a new and perfect life in the future, God loves us too much to leave us alone to contend with the pain, guilt and loneliness of our present life.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Those issues are biblical issues: to care for the sick, to feed the hungry, to stand up for the oppressed. I contend that if the evangelical community became more biblical, everything would change.

I wish there were more true conversion, and then there would not be so much backsliding, and, for fear of suffering, living at ease, when there are so few to contend for Christ and His cause.

The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills Nor can it choose its rider... the riders contend for its possession.

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Other Usage Examples

I contend the state ought to do its thing and provide legal rights for all couples who want to be joined together for life. The church should bless unions that it sees fit to bless, and they should be called marriages.

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.

But I contend that if we're providing total medical coverage for every man, woman, and child in Iraq, shouldn't we at least be doing the same thing for every man, woman, and child in the United States?

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.

I wish your increase in holiness, number, love, religion, and righteousness and wait you, and cease to contend with these men that are gone from us, for there is nothing that shall convince them but judgment.

War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.

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