Definition of dispute in English:


Line breaks: dis|pute


Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːt
, ˈdɪspjuːt


Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːt
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  • 2Compete for; strive to win: the two drivers crashed while disputing the lead
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    • 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.
  • 2.1 archaic Resist (a landing or advance): I formed my line and prepared to dispute the advance of the foe
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    • 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.


beyond (or without) dispute

Certain or certainly: the main part of his argument was beyond dispute
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  • What is definitely beyond dispute is that the captured forces certainly did not enter any US territory.
  • You will have to be the judge… however, it is without dispute that Herring certainly had a big impact on the direction of aviation.
  • All of that is almost certainly beyond dispute.

open to dispute

Not definitely decided: such estimates are always open to dispute
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  • How much dislocation they create is always open to dispute.
  • While there is merit to his remarks, Legros bases them on quantitative estimates that are open to dispute.
  • Beyond that, the conclusions are open to dispute.



Pronunciation: /-ˈspjuːt(ə)nt/
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  • The disputants in this case clearly suspect each other of dishonesty and so do not think this distinction is relevant.
  • These various segments were wooed by both contestants, with the campaign manifesting an intensity commensurate with the stature of the disputants, and the importance of their dispute.
  • All four have cropped up among the disputants, in many cases without any awareness that other people were using the word in a sense different to the one they themselves were assuming.


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  • The two were known throughout their school as ‘the eternal disputers’ or ‘the foes’ or just ‘the ones who never shut up,’ though a few of the wiser students believed they were secretly lusting after one another.
  • Do not confuse one who is contending earnestly for the faith with the disputer of this age.
  • So, you see the difference between a disputer and dialectician.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin disputare 'to estimate' (in late Latin 'to dispute'), from dis- 'apart' + putare 'reckon'.

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