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Synonyms for contend
kənˈtɛnd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contend, postulate(verb)

    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, fence(verb)

    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, repugn(verb)

    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, manage(verb)

    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, contend(verb)

    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, struggle(verb)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. contend(verb)

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

  2. contend(verb)

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

  3. contend(verb)

    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, oppose, fight, contest, struggle, strive, emulate, debate, dispute, litigate, vie

  4. contend(verb)

    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. contend(v)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contend(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    strive, struggle, combat, fight, vie

  2. contend(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    debate, dispute, argue, join issue

  3. contend(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    maintain, affirm, assert

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contend(v)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

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

How to pronounce contend?

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How to say contend in sign language?

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How to use contend in a sentence?

  1. Martin Dempsey:

    The complex array of threats and, let's call it geopolitical jockeying, requires all of us to contend with an unpredictable landscape.

  2. Honore' de Balzac:

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

  3. Stephen Roberts:

    I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

  4. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

    There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less -- a slower-track school where they do well, one of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas.

  5. Andrew Chesnut:

    The Mexican Church already was very concerned by expanding Protestantism and now it must contend with a folk saint venerated mostly by Mexicans who still consider themselves Catholic.


Translations for contend

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يتعاملArabic
  • боря се, състезавам се, съпернича, сражавам се, споряBulgarian
  • contender, sostenerSpanish
  • ستیزه کردنPersian
  • taistella, riidellä, kamppailla, väitellä, kiistelläFinnish
  • tauwhāinga, tauwhawhai, kairapurapu, kairapuMāori
  • competirPortuguese
  • susțineRomanian
  • бороться, спорить, соперничатьRussian
  • strida, kämpaSwedish
  • 抗衡Chinese

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