|Origin:||contendre, from Latin contendere, from com- ( COM-) + tendere 'to stretch'|
to compete against someone in order to gain something
Three armed groups are contending for power.
Inevitably, fights break out between the members of contending groups.
to argue or state that something is true
Some astronomers contend that the universe may be younger than previously thought.
contend with somethingphrasal verb
The rescue team also had bad weather conditions to contend with.