Meaning of “contend” in the English Dictionary

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us /kənˈtend/

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.

(Definition of “contend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)