contend

To defend a belief or keep affirming that it's true is to contend. A lot of supporters would 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.

One of the meanings of contend is from the French "to strive with," and it is a literal fighting, as in "to contend with fists." Most contemporary uses of the verb contend illustrate competitions of proof or defense, where a person will contend that something is true, or better, or wrong. It is still a striving but more of a verbal kind, where what you contend is what you hope to convince others is correct.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: contend

1
v
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
2
v
maintain or assert
3
v
come to terms with
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: contend
1

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

Synonyms:
compete, vie
Types:
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go for, try for
make an attempt at achieving something
play
participate in games or sport
run off
decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
race, run
compete in a race
rival
be the rival of, be in competition with
emulate
compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with
equal, match, rival, touch
be equal to in quality or ability
line up
take one's position before a kick-off
curl
play the Scottish game of curling
snooker
leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot
revoke
fail to follow suit when able and required to do so
develop
move into a strategically more advantageous position
develop
move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
die
to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
misplay
play wrong or in an unskillful manner
start
play in the starting lineup
fumble
drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
volley
make a volley
unblock
play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
replay
play again
cricket
play cricket
backstop
act as a backstop
fullback
play the fullback
quarterback
play the quarterback
cradle
run with the stick
exit
lose the lead
play out
play to a finish
field
play as a fielder
catch
be the catcher
bully off, face off
start a game by a face-off
tee off
strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole
ace
play (a hole) in one stroke
show
finish third or better in a horse or dog race
place
finish second or better in a horse or dog race
boat-race
participate in a boat race
horse-race
compete in a horse race
campaign, run
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
complete, nail
complete a pass
outrival, outvie
be more of a rival than
gamble
play games for money
walk
give a base on balls to
bowl
engage in the sport of bowling
golf
play golf
bandy
toss or strike a ball back and forth
foul
commit a foul; break the rules
put out
retire
croquet
play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
putt
hit a putt
speed skate
race on skates
seesaw, teeter-totter, teetertotter
ride on a plank
bid, call
make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

v be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

“Militant groups are contending for control of the country”
Synonyms:
fight, struggle
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bear down
exert full strength
fistfight
fight with the fists
join battle
engage in a conflict
tug
struggle in opposition
defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose
fight against or resist strongly
get back, settle
get one's revenge for a wrong or an injury
fight back
defend oneself
battle, combat
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
war
make or wage war
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
duel
fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman
joust
joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback
chicken-fight, chickenfight
fight while sitting on somebody's shoulders
tourney
engage in a tourney
feud
carry out a feud
skirmish
engage in a skirmish
bandy
exchange blows
fence
fight with fencing swords
box
engage in a boxing match
spar
fight with spurs
scuffle, tussle
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
wrestle
engage in a wrestling match
engage, wage
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
recalcitrate
show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient
dogfight
engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane
wrestle
combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force
blitzkrieg
fight a quick and surprising war
go to war, take arms, take up arms
commence hostilities
fend, resist, stand
withstand the force of something
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
submarine
attack by submarine
pelt, pepper
attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
tilt
charge with a tilt
hit, strike
make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
counterattack, counterstrike
make a counterattack
gas
attack with gas; subject to gas fumes
storm, surprise
attack by storm; attack suddenly
blitz
attack suddenly and without warning
invade, occupy
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
surround so as to force to give up
drive back, fight off, rebuff, repel, repulse
force or drive back
bomb, bombard
throw bombs at or attack with bombs
strafe
attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane
cannonade
attack with cannons or artillery
torpedo
attack or hit with torpedoes
block, deflect, parry
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
spar
box lightly
prizefight
box for a prize or money
shadowbox
go through boxing motions without an opponent
mud-wrestle, mudwrestle
wrestle in mud
offer, provide, put up
mount or put up
bust, raid
search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

v have an argument about something

Synonyms:
argue, debate, fence
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stickle
dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar
fight verbally
bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
argue over petty things
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something
oppose
be against; express opposition to
brawl, wrangle
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
spat
engage in a brief and petty quarrel
polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
engage in a controversy
fall out
have a breach in relations
contest, repugn
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
Type of:
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation

v to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

Synonyms:
contest, repugn
Types:
challenge, dispute, gainsay
take exception to
call
challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
call
challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
Type of:
oppose
be against; express opposition to
2

v maintain or assert

“He contended that Communism had no future”
Synonyms:
postulate
Type of:
claim
assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
3

v come to terms with

Synonyms:
cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
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extemporize, improvise
manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
fend
try to manage without help
cut, hack
be able to manage or manage successfully
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
manage one's existence barely
cope with, match, meet
satisfy or fulfill
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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