Meaning of “contend” - Learner’s Dictionary

contend

verb uk us /kənˈtend/
SAY [ T ] formal

to say that something is true:

[ + (that) ] His lawyers contend that he is telling the truth.
COMPETE [ I ]

to compete with someone to try to win something:

one of the groups contending for power

(Definition of “contend” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)