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contend(Dispute), verb altercate, argue, battle, be dissordant, bicker, brawl, carry on an argument, challenge, clash, combat, compete, conflict, contendere, contest, contradict, decernere, differ, disaccord, disagree, discept, discord, dissent, encounter, engage, fight, gainsay, have an altercation, have words with, impugn, litigate, make an issue, oppose, pugnare, quarrel, reluct, rival, skirmish, spar, spat, squabble, strike at, strive, struggle, take on, vie with, war, wrangle
contend(Maintain), verb adfirmare, advance, affirm, argue, assert, asseverate, assure, attest, aver, avow, claim, claim to know, confirmare, contendere, declare, emphasize, express, hold, hold the opinion, insist, make a statement, make an assertion, predicate, profess, say, set forth, state, state emphatically, stress, utter with conviction, vouch, warrant
See also: adduce, allege, answer, argue, assert, avouch, avow, battle, bear, bicker, claim, collide, compete, conflict, contest, counter, counteract, cross, debate, declare, dicker, differ, disaccord, disagree, dispute, engage, fight, insist, involve, litigate, maintain, oppose, oppugn, persuade, plead, posit, postulate, profess, propose, propound, reason, refute, reply, strive