- 1 [no object] (contend with/against) Struggle to surmount (a difficulty): she had to contend with his uncertain temperMore example sentences
- Otherwise, you can spend much of your precious vacation time contending with the difficulties mentioned above.
- Both had to contend with the disadvantage of their sex but they dealt with it in very different ways.
- Along with dangerous health struggles, Luna finds herself contending with the legacy of shame and secrecy that surround issues of sexuality in the Latino community.
- 1.1 (contend for) Compete with others in a struggle to achieve (something): factions within the government were contending for the succession to the presidencyMore example sentences
- They provided me with the best opportunity to be a competitive racer, and I never would have contended for the championship without them.
- She plans to continue competing in pageants and hopes to contend for Miss Virginia again.
- Also contending for the Cup was the Moldovan with a Bulgarian passport, who was declared the most technical boxer of the tournament.
- 2 [with clause] Assert something as a position in an argument: he contends that the judge was wrongMore example sentences
- He contends that the arguments for having a university in the town centre are false because there isn't room.
- However, he contends that the position in so far as his client is concerned is straightforward.
- As for his constituency neglect rebuke, Francis contends that his claims still stand.
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- They toured the area and challenged contenders to stay in the ring as long as they could.
- He and the rest of the team look unlikely to have the strength in depth to challenge the major contenders.
- If anything it looked like a textbook attempt to turn the club into a contender.
late Middle English (in the sense 'compete for (something)'): from Old French contendre or Latin contendere, from con- 'with' + tendere 'stretch, strive'.