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verb American English pronunciation: contend /kənˈtend/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycontend
he/she/itcontends
present participlecontending
past tensecontended
past participlecontended

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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to claim that something is true
    contend that:

    Critics of the school system contend that not enough emphasis is placed on creativity.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to compete against someone, for example for a victory or for power

    Contending gangs fought for control of the area.

    contend for:

    The two teams contending for the championship are very evenly matched.

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