Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: desputer, from Latin disputare 'to discuss', from putare 'to think'


2 verb
1 [transitive] to say that something such as a fact or idea is not correct or true:
The main facts of the book have never been disputed.
dispute that
Few would dispute that travel broadens the mind.
2 [intransitive and transitive] formal to argue or disagree with someone
dispute (something) with somebody
Hazlitt, though much younger, was soon disputing with Wordsworth on equal terms.
What happened next is hotly disputed.
3 [transitive]PM to try to get control of something or win something:
Soviet forces disputed every inch of ground.

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