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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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Contender heavyweight champion Craig Bulmer puts his pro title on the line against veteran Mark Hetherington, and semi-pro heavyweight title-holder Michael Parkin defends against Stu Ashcroft.
Remedios is a veteran of UFC, Cage Rage and OMMAC, while Philpott has fought for Cage Contender since he was an amateur.
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TONIGHT'S welterweight edition of Barry Hearn's Prizefighter series promises to be a lively affair, but unfortunately for punters two of the more interesting outright contenders are drawn to meet each other in the quarter-finals, writes Phil Agius.
Contender is a break-open pistol with an easy changing barrel system, which allows barrels of several chamberings to be used on the same frame.
Turpin was Manfredo's East Coast team-mate during the first series of The Contender but the Philadelphia fighter was KO'd in the first round.
I am really excited about boxing in a show like The Contender - of which, like most fight fans, I am a big fan.
Strong Contender, a 3-year-old chestnut colt owned by John Oxley, earned $275,000 for his fourth victory in six career starts.
Just a few weeks later, he regained some of his momentum by dominating well-regarded contender Jimmy Slattery for nine rounds before winning by a technical knockout.
Mum-of-two Kym, a Eurovision song contest contender, said: "I'd love to have them done.
The Contender Entertainment Group (Contender) has closed its three-year-old pop-culture publishing business.
The snow-fed stream, which flows into the Apurimac River, was identified as the source by a National Geographic team in 1971, but that designation fell into question when recent expeditions found another contender about 7 km away.
In two lightning marketing moves, Computer Associates, long a major contender in business software, expanded its presence in the consumer market by offering two new products free.
Jerry Brown captures top honors as the most naive contender (followed by Perot), a distinction held by Jesse Jackson in 1988, Gary Hart in 1984 and Ted Kennedy in 1980.
The Contender is a wonder of simplicity, yet it's intricate in that every one of the few parts must function perfectly in relation to the others in order for the pistol to work.