To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
- To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of strategic territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
- To compete, as in a race; vie.
- To strive in controversy or debate; dispute. See Synonyms at discuss.
- To maintain or assert: The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.