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CONTEND, L., to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.

1. To strive, or to strive against to struggle in opposition.

Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2 .

2. To strive to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.

You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.

Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3 .

3. To dispute earnestly to strive in debate.

They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11 . Job 9 .

4. To reprove sharply to chide to strive to convince and reclaim.

Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13 .

5.To strive in opposition to punish.

The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7 .

6. To quarrel to dispute fiercely to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.

To contend for, to strive to obtain as, two competitors contend for the prize.

CONTEND, To dispute to contest.

When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.

This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend but it is admissible in poetry.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Contend'. King James Dictionary.

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