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contend (verb) assert; compete.
When you contend in an argument that a point is right or true, you state strongly that it is true. When you contend one party has done more for the country than the other, you strongly argue so. A defense lawyer contends that his or her client is not guilty, when he or she asserts that his or her client is not guilty. When you participate in a competition for a prize, you contend. People contend for top honors if they compete with one another for them. Every tennis star thinks that the Grand Slam title is worth contending. That is, they think that attempting Grand Slam is a useful attempt.
- When Karl Marx contends that the working classes should get a fair share of the fruits of their labor, he means that the capitalists should not have absolute right to the profits.
- Though the world has by and large realized that all races are born equal, there are still a few that contend that some races are inherently superior to the others.
- When non-German athletes who contended for Olympic honors got the better of the Germans, Hitler lost his temper.