dispute

If kids can't settle their own argument, they may need someone to mediate their dispute, or conflict. You can often tell this is the case if you hear the loud cry, "Mom!"

The noun dispute means any conflict or disagreement. The countries were in the middle of a border dispute; both sides claimed the toxic waste dump belonged to the other. As a verb, dispute can mean to quarrel or argue, but it can also mean to take exception to something. If your boasting friend crows because you lost the trivia game to her by 150 points, you may want to dispute the facts. It was only 145 points.

Definitions of dispute
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n coming into conflict with

Synonyms:
contravention
Type of:
resistance
group action in opposition to those in power

n a disagreement or argument about something important

“he had a dispute with his wife”
Synonyms:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion
Types:
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collision
a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
gap
a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle
an angry dispute
argle-bargle, argy-bargy
a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
firestorm
an outburst of controversy
sparring
an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic
a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
generation gap
a difference between the views of young people and their parents
fight
an intense verbal dispute
affray, altercation, fracas
noisy quarrel
bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
a quarrel about petty points
bust-up
a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
Type of:
disagreement
the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

v have a disagreement over something

Synonyms:
altercate, argufy, quarrel, scrap
Types:
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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
Type of:
argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something

v take exception to

Synonyms:
challenge, gainsay
Types:
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:
contend, contest, repugn
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

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