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contend

 
Verb contend has 5 senses
  1. contend, postulate - maintain or assert; "He contended that Communism had no future"
    --1 is one way to claim
    Derived form: noun contention1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  2. argue, contend, debate, fence - have an argument about something
    --2 is one way to converse, discourse
    Derived form: noun contention2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
  3. contest, contend, repugn - to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"
    --3 is one way to oppose
    Derived form: noun contention2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  4. compete, vie, contend - compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
    Derived forms: noun contention3, noun contender1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  5. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage - come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
    --5 is one way to act, move
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
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