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English verb: contend

1. contend (communication) maintain or assert

SamplesHe contended that Communism had no future.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)claim

2. contend (communication) have an argument about something

Synonymsargue, debate, fence

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse

Narrower (hyponym)altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, dispute, niggle, oppose, pettifog, quarrel, quibble, scrap, spar, squabble, stickle

Entaildiffer, disagree, dissent, take issue

3. contend (communication) to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

SamplesThey contested the outcome of the race.

Synonymscontest, repugn

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)oppose

Narrower (hyponym)challenge, dispute, gainsay

4. contend (social) come to terms with

SamplesWe got by on just a gallon of gas.
They made do on half a loaf of bread every day.

Synonymscope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)cope with, cut, extemporize, fend, hack, improvise, match, meet, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by

5. contend (competition) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Synonymscompete, vie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)emulate, equal, go for, match, play, race, rival, rival, run, run off, touch, try for

6. contend (competition) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

SamplesThe tribesmen fought each other.
Siblings are always fighting.
Militant groups are contending for control of the country.

Synonymsfight, struggle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)assail, attack, bandy, battle, bear down, box, chicken-fight, chickenfight, combat, defend, duel, engage, fence, feud, fight, fight back, fight back, fight down, fistfight, get back, join battle, joust, oppose, scuffle, settle, skirmish, spar, tourney, tug, tussle, wage, war, wrestle

Entailcompete, contend, vie

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