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dispute

1 noun
     
dis‧pute1 W2 [uncountable and countable]
1 a serious argument or disagreementCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
be involved in a dispute get into a dispute (=become involved) settle/resolve a dispute bitter dispute long-running dispute (=one that lasts a long time) political/legal dispute pay dispute industrial dispute British English labor dispute American English (=between workers and employers) territorial dispute (=about land) domestic dispute (=between a couple who live together) be in dispute with somebody (=be involved in a dispute) a dispute arises (=it starts)
dispute with
The firm is involved in a legal dispute with a rival company.
Every effort was made to settle the dispute, but without success.
dispute between
the bitter border dispute between the countries
A long-running pay dispute is disrupting rail services.
The coal industry was plagued by industrial disputes.
The police don't usually like to intervene in domestic disputes.
The miners were in dispute with their employers over pay.
A dispute arose over who was to be the next king.
2

be beyond dispute

if something is beyond dispute, everyone agrees that it is true or that it really happened:
It is beyond dispute that advances in medicine have enabled people to live longer.
3

be open to dispute

if something is open to dispute, it is not completely certain and not everyone agrees about it:
His interpretation of the poem is open to dispute.
4

be in dispute

if something is in dispute, people are arguing about it:
The facts of the case are still in dispute.

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