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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contend  \Con*tend"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contended};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Contending}.]  [OF.  contendre,  L.  contendere,  -tentum; 
  con-  +  tendere  to  strech.  See  {Tend}.] 
  1.  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.  --Shak. 
 
  The  Lord  said  unto  me  Distress  not  the  Moabites, 
  neither  contend  with  them  in  battle.  --Deut.  ii  9. 
 
  In  ambitious  strength  I  did  Contend  against  thy 
  valor.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  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.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  strive  in  debate;  to  engage  in  discussion;  to  dispute; 
  to  argue. 
 
  The  question  which  our  author  would  contend  for 
  --Locke. 
 
  Many  things  he  fiercely  contended  about  were 
  trivial.  --Dr.  H.  More 
 
  Syn:  To  struggle;  fight;  combat;  vie;  strive;  oppose; 
  emulate;  contest;  litigate;  dispute;  debate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contending 
  adj  :  striving  or  struggling  in  rivalry  or  battle;  "contending 
  armies";  "two  contending  parties" 




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