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verb 
  1. to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood.
  1. to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.
  1. to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
The question which our author would contend for - many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.

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