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"contend" in British English

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contendverb

uk   us   /kənˈtend/
  • 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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of contend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contend" in American English

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contendverb

 us   /kənˈtend/
  • contend verb (COMPETE)

[I] to ​compete in ​order to ​win something or to ​achieve a ​position of ​leadership: The ​toptennisplayers 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.
(Definition of contend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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