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Synonyms for contend
kənˈtɛndcon·tend

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Wiktionary

  1. contendverb

    Synonyms:
    vie, debate, fight, oppose, combat, strive, dispute, litigate, contest, struggle, emulate

  2. contendverb

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

    For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood.

    Synonyms:
    emulate, vie, struggle, dispute, debate, strive, contest, oppose, fight, litigate, combat

  3. contendverb

    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.

    Synonyms:
    combat, litigate, dispute, debate, emulate, strive, struggle, contest, fight, oppose, vie

  4. contendverb

    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.

    Synonyms:
    emulate, oppose, fight, contest, dispute, litigate, debate, strive, combat, vie, struggle

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contendverb

    To reason is to examine by means of the reason, to prove by reasoning, or to influence or seek to influence others by reasoning or reasons. Persons may contend either from mere ill will or self-interest, or from the highest motives; "That ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints," Jude 3. To argue (Latin arguo, show) is to make a matter clear by reasoning; to discuss (Latin dis, apart, and quatio, shake) is, etymologically, to shake it apart for examination and analysis. Demonstrate strictly applies to mathematical or exact reasoning; prove may be used in the same sense, but is often applied to reasoning upon matters of fact by what is called probable evidence, which can give only moral and not absolute or mathematical certainty. To demonstrate is to force the mind to a conclusion by irresistible reasoning; to prove is rather to establish a fact by evidence; as, to prove one innocent or guilty. That which has been either demonstrated or proved so as to secure general acceptance is said to be established. Reason is a neutral word, not, like argue, debate, discuss, etc., naturally or necessarily implying contest. We reason about a matter by bringing up all that reason can give us on any side. A dispute may be personal, fractious, and petty; a debate is formal and orderly; if otherwise, it becomes a mere wrangle.

    Synonyms:
    argue, controvert, debate, demonstrate, discuss, dispute, establish, prove, question, reason, reason, wrangle

    Preposition:
    We reason with a person about a subject, for or against an opinion; we reason a person into or out of a course of action; or we may reason down an opponent or opposition; one reasons from a cause to an effect.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contend

    Synonyms:
    strive, compete, cope, dispute, vie, contest, struggle, grapple, argue, maintain, disagree, wrangle

    Antonyms:
    resign, concede, allow, relinquish, forego, surrender, waive

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contend, postulateverb

    maintain or assert

    "He contended that Communism had no future"

    Synonyms:
    fence, fight, ask, demand, make do, involve, need, deal, vie, manage, compete, struggle, necessitate, posit, debate, argue, repugn, postulate, grapple, require, take, cope, make out, get by, call for, contest

  2. argue, contend, debate, fenceverb

    have an argument about something

    Synonyms:
    fence, fight, palisade, make do, indicate, consider, turn over, vie, deliberate, deal, postulate, manage, compete, struggle, debate, argue, wall, repugn, grapple, reason, surround, cope, make out, moot, fence in, get by, contest

  3. contest, contend, repugnverb

    to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

    "They contested the outcome of the race"

    Synonyms:
    fence, fight, make do, deal, vie, manage, compete, struggle, debate, argue, repugn, postulate, grapple, cope, make out, get by, contest

  4. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manageverb

    come to terms with

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

    Synonyms:
    wield, take, finagle, discern, bang, screw, vie, handle, recognise, deal, grapple, distinguish, debate, repugn, make love, divvy up, do, jazz, spot, roll in the hay, cut, escape, be intimate, get along, address, fight, lot, pick out, get out, portion out, eff, dole out, make do, compete, plow, bed, do it, consider, superintend, have intercourse, make out, share, manage, struggle, tell apart, supervise, neck, apportion, contest, fill in, administer, treat, parcel out, sell, have it away, sleep with, bring off, dispense, get off, dish out, come, issue, love, argue, hump, get laid, fence, negociate, get away, pull off, allot, have it off, get it on, oversee, sleep together, cover, get by, distribute, write out, carry on, carry off, cope, recognize, bonk, know, wangle, mete out, look at, postulate, have sex, complete, grip, care, fare, lie with, deal out, trade, shell out, have a go at it, conduct, fill out

  5. compete, vie, contendverb

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

    Synonyms:
    fence, fight, make do, repugn, deal, vie, manage, struggle, debate, argue, compete, postulate, grapple, cope, make out, get by, contest

  6. contend, fight, struggleverb

    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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

    Synonyms:
    fence, fight, make do, skin, sputter, shinny, agitate, crusade, shin, scramble, press, deal, vie, manage, compete, oppose, struggle, debate, argue, defend, repugn, postulate, grapple, campaign, fight down, cope, make out, fight back, clamber, get by, push, contest

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contendverb

    Synonyms:
    strive, struggle, combat, fight, vie

  2. contendverb

    Synonyms:
    debate, dispute, argue, join issue

  3. contendverb

    Synonyms:
    maintain, affirm, assert

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contendverb

    Synonyms:
    struggle, vie, wrestle, combat, compete, dispute, maintain, argue

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "contend":

    argue, grapple, allege, claim, fight, cope, deal

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How to use contend in a sentence?

  1. Michelle Obama:

    But what they didn't have to contend with was this president.

  2. Rev. Jesse Jackson:

    We slew the goliath of raciism,but, we now must contend with his offspring.

  3. Gary McGill:

    I want to see CBH transition to a commercialized, corporatized entity to give it the extra capacity that it needs to contend with all the new dynamics in the grain market.

  4. Mahinda Rajapaksa:

    The investigation on Sri Lanka was not carried out by an independent Commission of Inquiry, but for the very first time, by the OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights), neither the OHCHR nor the UNHRC has the authority to set up an international war crimes tribunal. The only body with the authority to do so is the UN Security Council where the veto power of China and Russia will be a factor to contend with.

  5. Francis Bacon:

    Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.


Translations for contend

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يتعاملArabic
  • боря се, състезавам се, споря, съпернича, сражавам сеBulgarian
  • contender, sostenerSpanish
  • ستیزه کردنPersian
  • taistella, riidellä, kiistellä, kamppailla, väitelläFinnish
  • tauwhāinga, kairapu, kairapurapu, tauwhawhaiMāori
  • competirPortuguese
  • susțineRomanian
  • соперничать, спорить, боротьсяRussian
  • kämpa, stridaSwedish
  • 抗衡Chinese

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