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Definition of Contend


  1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
  2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
  3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
  4. To struggle for; to contest.

Contend Quotations

The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider... the riders contend for its possession.
Martin Luther

It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Jordan has to show the Arab world that there's another way of doing things. We're a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system - left, right and center - in a couple of years' time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with.
Abdallah II of Jordan

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill
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Contend Translations

contend in French is contestez, contestent, contestons
contend in German is disputieren
contend in Spanish is contienda
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