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contend

verb uk   /kənˈtend/ us  

contend verb (COMPETE)

[I] to compete in order to win something: There are three world-class tennis players contending for this title. He's contending against someone with twice his experience.

contend verb (CLAIM)

[T + (that)] formal to say that something is true or is a fact: The lawyer contended (that) her client had never been near the scene of the crime.
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