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CONTEND, v.i. [L., to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.]

1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition.

Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2.

2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.

You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.

Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 3.

3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate.

They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11. Job 9.

4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim.

Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13.

5.To strive in opposition; to punish.

The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7.

6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.

To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.

CONTEND, v.t. To dispute; to contest.

When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.

This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.



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CONTEND, v.i. [L., to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.]

1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition.

Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2.

2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.

You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.

Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 3.

3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate.

They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11. Job 9.

4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim.

Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13.

5.To strive in opposition; to punish.

The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7.

6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.

To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.

CONTEND, v.t. To dispute; to contest.

When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.

This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.

CON-TEND', v.i. [L. contendo; con and tendo, to stretch, from teneo; Gr. τεινω. See Tend, Tenet.]

  1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition. Distress not the Moabites; nor contend with them in battle. – Deut ii.
  2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve. You sit above, and see vain men below / Contend for what you only can bestow. – Dryden. Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. – Jude 3.
  3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate. They that were of the circumcision contended with him. – Acts xi. Job ix.
  4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim. Then contended I with the rulers. – Neh. xiii.
  5. To strive in opposition; to punish. The Lord God called to contend by fire. – Amos vii.
  6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles. To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.

CON-TEND', v.t.

To dispute; to contest. When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome. – Dryden. This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.


Con*tend"
  1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

    For never two such kingdoms did contend
    Without much fall of blood.
    Shak.

    The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
    Deut. ii. 9.

    In ambitious strength I did
    Contend against thy valor.
    Shak.

  2. To struggle for; to contest.

    [R.]

    Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.

  3. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.

    You sit above, and see vain men below
    Contend for what you only can bestow.
    Dryden.

  4. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.

    The question which our author would contend for.
    Locke.

    Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
    Dr. H. More.

    Syn. -- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.

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Contend

CONTEND, verb intransitive [Latin , to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.]

1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition.

Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2:9.

2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.

You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.

Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3.

3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate.

They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11:2. Job 9:3.

4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim.

Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13:11.

5.To strive in opposition; to punish.

The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7:4.

6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.

To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.

CONTEND, verb transitive To dispute; to contest.

When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.

This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.

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