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English definition of “contend”

contend

verb [T + (that)] (CLAIM)    /kənˈtend/ 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.Assertions and asserting
(Definition of contend verb (CLAIM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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