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American English: /dɪˈspjut/
British English: /dɪˈspjuːt/

Translation of dispute in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (controversy, clash) a border dispute
    un conflicto fronterizo
    un diferendo limítrofe (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • But consultants remain in dispute with the Government over a scheme aimed at streamlining public health compensation claims.
    • As for her naïve belief that people would not fight to death over a parking space, Hilary Evans has clearly never seen my husband in dispute with another motorist.
    • While she had been in dispute with the tax people about a year-and-a-half ago, she believed the matter had been settled and she was fully paid up.
  • 2 uncountable (debate) it is open to dispute whether he acted reasonably
    si actuó en forma razonable o no es discutible or se presta a discusión
    the territory in o under dispute
    el territorio en litigio
    the matter is still in o under dispute
    aún no se ha llegado a un acuerdo sobre el asunto
    her superiority in this field is beyond (all) dispute
    su superioridad en este campo es indiscutible
  • 3 countable (leading to industrial action) an industrial/a pay dispute
    un conflicto laboral/salarial
    the union is in dispute with management
    existe una situación de conflicto entre el sindicato y la patronal
    Example sentences
    • The Wagner Act of 1935 also created the National Labor Relations Board to help oversee employee disputes in private industry.
    • The dispute is over management's failure to fully inform employees about adverse changes to their superannuation scheme.
    • Please forgive me for perhaps dealing with it in this way: we have received a huge amount of evidence of what is wrong with management, and why disputes are not resolved, and why you get employment law cases.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (contest) I don't dispute (the fact) that it was a mistake
    no discuto que fue un error
    it cannot be disputed that the idea is attractive
    no se puede negar or hay que reconocer que la idea resulta atrayente
    I dispute the idea that …
    yo rechazo la idea de que …
    Example sentences
    • Macclesfield took an early and disputed lead through a Lee Glover penalty and veteran Tony Ford equalised for the home side on 25 minutes.
    • Scottish International fell runner Neil Wilkinson gave them the lead after Holmfirth, Morpeth and Derby all disputed top spot following the first three legs.
    • Similar struggles exist in east Malaysia, where the land rights of indigenous groups are bitterly disputed with loggers eager to harvest the timber for export.
    Example sentences
    • In effect the accuracy of the vast majority of the series' facts could not be disputed or questioned in any way.
    • When a member asks a question with an assertion contained within it, it is perfectly open to the Minister to answer the question by disputing the assertion.
    • Darling disputed these assertions of fact, but there were no proceedings in which he could be given a hearing or the matters resolved after full consideration.
    1.3 (argue)
    Example sentences
    • Not a weekend has gone by where some, or all, of the teams are not discussing or disputing these regulations.
    • Officers also impounded the motorcycle as disputed property and all three were charged with possession of a class 5 illegal drug.
    • Not knowing how to argue in Mandarin, it is very difficult to dispute any bill or when you think you have been overcharged.
    also: disputed past participle
    en litigio
  • 2 2.1 (fight for) (possession/victory/territory) (among many)
    our team disputed the match till the end
    nuestro equipo luchó hasta el final
    2.2 (resist)
    hacer frente a
    Example sentences
    • He has disposed of his surplus baggage and commissary stores, placing them out of reach of any descent of a force in this direction, and leaving him free to dispute the advance of the rebel army.
    • At 1:30 p. m. the column is again in motion; no enemy has appeared to dispute the advance.
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