Pronunciation: (kun-tend'),[key] —v.i. 1. to struggle in opposition: to contend with the enemy for control of the port. 2. to strive in rivalry; compete; vie: to contend for first prize. 3. to strive in debate; dispute earnestly: to contend against falsehood.
—v.t. to assert or maintain earnestly: He contended that taxes were too high.