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contend against (someone or something)

To compete against someone or something. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend against other swimmers his age. If you push him to enter this race, he'll just end up disappointed.
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contend with (someone or something)

1. To compete against someone. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend with other swimmers his age. If you push him to enter this race, he'll just end up disappointed.
2. To struggle against or work to solve a problem or issue. I'm not ready to contend with that problem just yet—I need coffee first. How can we contend with these huge financial losses and still stay in business?
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contend against someone or something

to fight or compete against someone or something. Do we have to contend against all this criticism? Ed refuses to have to contend against Eric.
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contend with a problem

to put up with a difficulty; to struggle with the problems caused by someone or something. I cannot contend with your temper anymore. I wish we did not have to contend with this changeable weather.
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contend with someone (for something)

 and contend (with someone) for something
to fight someone for something; to compete with someone to win something. I don't want to have to contend with Sally for the award. I don't want to have to contend for the job with Ed.
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The danger of federal intrusion into state matters is not the only concern, as critics also contend that using federal resources places undue strain on taxpayers and the budgets within the judicial system.
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That rejection is being challenged by Cemex in a separate federal court case that contends that the supervisors had no right to reject the quarry and asserts the supremacy of federal mining law over the power of cities and counties to regulate surface mining within their borders.
To support his position, Neubauer contends that "literary images become active in the social construction of reality," because literature responds to previous writing as much as it does to social experience.
The Oxnard Police Department contends that the interrogation of the only witness, who might soon die, was vital to clear up a potential crime, but the real intent appears to be to relieve the city of Oxnard of liability for an officer-involved shooting.
However, others contend that opening the road would threaten pedestrians and cyclists, while ruining the rural nature of the neighborhood.
The petitioners contend that the transgenic plants are a threat because they continuously produce massive doses of a modified, already active version of a single Bt toxin, which could lead to the development of resistance in insects within 2 to-10 years.
She contends that the vaginal bleeding typical of human menstruation flushes out myriad dangerous microorganisms that could otherwise cause infertility, illness, or even death.
L'Dera contends he is trying to improve a problem-plagued school that suspends students with little justification and ignores parents' complaints.
At best, they contend, the data suggest that AA and other free self-help groups prove effective enough to replace professionally administered alcoholism treatments that command big insurance bucks.
They contend that more than two dozen youths at the school have those waivers.
Teachers' perceptions of their students closely matched the students' self-reported motivation and their actual performance, Jussim and Eccles contend.
On one side of the debate are those who contend the U.
Now, two zoologists contend that dinosaurs were precocial, able to leave the nest immediately after hatching.