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[ kuhn-tend ]SEE DEFINITION OF contends
  • verbcompete, fight
  • verbargue

Synonyms for contends

  • argue
  • confront
  • cope
  • dispute
  • go after
  • grapple
  • meet
  • oppose
  • push for
  • resist
  • vie
  • battle
  • clash
  • contest
  • controvert
  • emulate
  • encounter
  • face
  • jostle
  • litigate
  • oppugn
  • push
  • rival
  • skirmish
  • stand
  • strive
  • struggle
  • tug
  • withstand
  • give all one's got
  • give one's all
  • go for
  • go for broke
  • go for it
  • go for jugular
  • have at
  • jockey for position
  • knock oneself out
  • lock horns
  • make play for
  • mix it up with
  • scramble for
  • shoot at
  • shoot for
  • tangle with

Antonyms for contends

  • agree
  • comply
  • go along
  • hide
  • make peace
  • retreat
  • surrender
  • yield
  • abandon
  • cede
  • desert
  • give in
  • give up
  • leave
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Basilus, to save a young man, contends personally with the Evil One.

It also contends that "the transactions of the Board ought not to be canvassed in the newspapers."

Still he contends that these may be explained on the doctrine of evolution.

Yet sometimes the love which I have for them contends with the love which I have for you.

He contends that it is better to be without soap than without society.

Too much attention is, he contends, paid to the time of the Stuarts onwards.

Poliolioli contends that there were five hundred and eighty-five guests.

Woman just now, he contends, is passing through her college period.

Issachar, he contends, remained with the Medes and Persians.

The Declaration of 1618 contends, truly or untruly, that no miners were embarked.


mid-15c., from Old French contendre, from Latin contendere "to stretch out, strive after," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Related: Contended; contending.