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  • 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

MOST RELEVANT
  • agree
  • comply
  • go along
  • hide
  • make peace
  • retreat
  • surrender
  • yield
  • abandon
  • cede
  • desert
  • give in
  • give up
  • leave
  • leave
  • give up
  • abandon
  • separate
  • divide
  • forget
  • question
  • surrender
  • give in
  • cede
  • retreat
  • desert
  • deny
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How to use contends in a sentence

He told The Washington Post early in his tenure that he hoped “to get America to where it sees subtle forms of segregation” but at times found himself contending with more blatant ones.
DREW S. DAYS III, FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO LEAD CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, DIES AT 79EMILY LANGERNOVEMBER 20, 2020WASHINGTON POST
She contends he had promised the sperm donor would resemble her husband and come from a similar ethnic background.
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As if the ongoing pandemic and economic fallout weren’t enough to contend with, publishers are facing up to a privacy revolution that will upend targeted advertising.
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Long-term, the franchise cannot contend while skating on such thin ice.
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Who can win the Masters, who can but won’t and who to pick in your poolAs far as the Masters is concerned, however, DeChambeau has never really contended.
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In the 1960s, Soviet scientists contended that they had produced a new form of water.
THESE ARE SCIENCE’S TOP 10 ERRONEOUS RESULTSTOM SIEGFRIEDNOVEMBER 10, 2020SCIENCE NEWS
She contends that the policing system in America does not work so no additional money should be invested.
‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ DOESN’T MEAN DYSTOPIA IN AMERICATRUTHBETOLDNOVEMBER 10, 2020TRUTHBETOLD.NEWS
That of course depends on whether he has the mandate to spend as usual, which is the only way for Washington to bury a down year and contend as it has for a decade now.
THE BLUE JAYS’ ROBBIE RAY SIGNING COULD GIVE THE NATIONALS A TEMPLATEJESSE DOUGHERTYNOVEMBER 9, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Cose contends that the death of traditional free-speech norms might in fact be a good thing, given our current challenges.
SOME FREE-SPEECH NORMS ARE IN DANGER. MAYBE THAT’S A GOOD THING.KENNETH MACKNOVEMBER 6, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Women in politics contend with a persistently misogynistic political culture that has been a formidable barrier for too long.
MIXED 2020 ELECTION RESULTS SHOW THAT WOMEN STILL FACE A SEXIST POLITICAL CULTURESTACIE TARANTO, LEANDRA ZARNOWNOVEMBER 6, 2020WASHINGTON POST
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