V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to compete for a prize or a trophy; 2. to argue that something is true; 3. to struggle or fight with something

Synonyms: compete, maintain, assert, struggle, fight, cope, deal

Antonyms: surrender, quit

Tips: Contend is derived from the Latin word contendere, "to stretch out or strive after." The idea of striving or stretching (think extend, contend) to grasp something of value is the basis for all the definitions and uses of the word contend. Whether you are contending to win a prize, an argument, or a fight, there is always the idea of striving and stretching to reach the prize or win the argument or battle. Also, think of the related words contender (a fighter) and contention (a fight or argument). The common phrase "to contend with" means "to deal with" or "struggle with" an issue. To condend also means "to claim that something is true."

Usage Examples:

The top golfers in the world contend to win the prized green jacket at the Masters golf tournament. (compete)

U.S. steel manufacturers contend that foreign companies are price dumping in an effort to run them out of business. (claim, state)

From the age of 11, she had to contend with the loss of both her parents. (deal, struggle)

These days, kids have to contend with the pressure to have sex, do drugs, and so many other issues that we didn't have to face when we were in school. (deal, struggle)

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