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.
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.
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.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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.
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maintain or assert
"He contended that Communism had no future"
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
argue, contend, debate, fenceverb
have an argument about something
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
contest, contend, repugnverb
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
"They contested the outcome of the race"
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"
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
compete, vie, contendverb
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
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"
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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The Gulf states are arming themselves, mainly with Western, American weaponry, in the understanding they will need defensive capabilities to contend with the new Iran situation, this of course challenges us, too, and here there is enormous importance to preserving what is called the State of Israel's 'qualitative edge' in the face of this regional arms race.
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
He will have to contend with various forces...he has many obstacles to overcome. Having said that, he is the most strategically located to take over, he is a close ally and confidante of the president for a long time.
Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yieldAgainst stupidity the very godsThemselves contend in vain. Exalted reason, Resplendent daughter of the head divine,Wise founders of the system of the world,Guide of the stars, who are thou then, if thou,Bound to the tail of folly's uncurb'd steed,Must, vainly shrieking, with the drunken crowd,Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
We’re going to have to really contend with these new variants in the virus in the next phase of the pandemic, something happened that basically allowed a new constellation of mutations to arise.
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- боря се, състезавам се, съпернича, сражавам се, споряBulgarian
- contender, sostenerSpanish
- ستیزه کردنPersian
- taistella, riidellä, kamppailla, väitellä, kiistelläFinnish
- tauwhāinga, tauwhawhai, kairapurapu, kairapuMāori
- бороться, спорить, соперничатьRussian
- strida, kämpaSwedish
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