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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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Founded in the spring of 2014, Contend specializes in creating, producing and distributing data-driven content to deliver measurable business results.
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While those of a neoliberal persuasion believe that globalization is fostering trade and economic growth and raising living standards for people in many parts of the world, globalization's critics contend that these improvements are concentrated in a relatively few countries and, to make matters worse, are being accompanied by declining standards of living for people in other parts of the world.
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.
Richmond Project Exile officials contend that with a simplified structure, redesigned operational rules, streamlined forms, and on expedited reporting system, any manager can implement this project in several weeks.
I would further contend that many critics have too readily ascribed various characters' positions to Hopkins's own voice and fail to recognize the complexity with which Hopkins represents race, gender, sexuality, morality, nationality, religion, and class.
Law Bulletin Publishing contends that reductions in renewal income and new orders cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In a short epilogue, the authors discuss the whole notion of value, and contend that the fundamental challenge facing corporations today is to create "new systems of information, measurement and reporting that properly identify what creates value.
This view contends that, rather than a need for the existing infrastructure of the Internet to expand vertically (via fatter and fatter bandwidth), the design of the underlying architecture needs to go horizontal, via so-called edge services.
He contends that the "politically motivated scholar and teacher is engaged in a dishonest act: pretending that his conclusions are reached impartially when they are not.
The Oxnard police contend that the Miranda ruling does not include a constitutional right to be free of coercive interrogation, and Solicitor General Olsen agrees with them.
Through lies and false promises, we contend that Best Buy ruined Powell's relationship with William Ryan Homes.
Promoters of charitable split-dollar insurance transactions contend that a taxpayer participating in such a transaction is entitled to a charitable contribution deduction under Sec.
20) This perception led him to contend that "we find ourselves perhaps already in the beginning of a social revolution of the entire human society.