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English definition of “contend”

contend

verb  /kənˈtend/ us  

contend verb (COMPETE)

[I] to compete in order to win something or to achieve a position of leadership: The top tennis players in the world are contending for this title.

contend verb (CLAIM)

to state as the truth; claim: [+ that clause] I contend that a novel should tell a story and tell it well.
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