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English verb: contend

1. contend (communication) maintain or assert


SamplesHe contended that Communism had no future.


Synonymspostulate


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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