Synonyms of contend in English:

contend


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verb

1‘none of the groups contending for power is strong enough yet’

SYNONYMS
compete, challenge, vie, contest
strive, struggle, tussle, grapple, wrestle, scuffle, squabble, skirmish, battle, combat, fight, war, wage war, join battle, cross swords, lock horns, go head to head
oppose, clash

2‘the plaintiffs contended that their business plan was confidential’

SYNONYMS
assert, maintain, hold, claim, argue, profess, affirm, aver, avow, insist, state, declare, pronounce, allege, plead

Phrases

    contend with

    ‘the peasants had to contend with lack of food and primitive living conditions’


    SYNONYMS
    cope with, face, grapple with, deal with, take on, pit oneself against
    resist, withstand