contend with - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycontend with
he/she/itcontends with
present participlecontending with
past tensecontended with
past participlecontended with
  1. to have to deal with problems or difficulties, especially in order to achieve something

    They had to contend with winds of over 40 miles an hour.

    I’ve got quite enough to contend with bringing up three kids.

See also main entry: contend