Pronunciation: (kun-tend'), [key]
1. to struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of the port.
2. to strive in rivalry; compete; vie: to contend for first prize.
3. to strive in debate; dispute earnestly: to contend against falsehood.
to assert or maintain earnestly: He contended that taxes were too high.
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