contend against

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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 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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However, it's look and feel could definitely contend against other flagship models like the OnePlus 5.
So, the AI will have to contend against strategies coming from five human minds instead of just one.
Players will have to contend against the main villain - the Engineer, who has sophisticated and well thought-out mechanics of the behavior, which will become a real challenge for fans of the PvE component of the game.
At this crucial stage, those candidates who mostly belong to the lower-middle class are on the verge of withdrawal from the electoral process as they have to contend against those well-heeled individuals who have already held office earlier and don't need any financial support to run their election campaign.
The World and European Indoor 60m champion will be hoping to contend against Jamaican superstar Bolt along with six of his Great Britain and Northern Ireland team-mates including new British champion 100m champion Chijindu Ujah and European champion James Dasaolu.
And lawyer Alejandro Balbi, who is also a member of Uruguay's FA, said: "Legally it's easier to contend against the terms of the ban that forbid him from training and being at the club because they violate fundamental rights.
Balbi told Uruguayan newspaper El Observador: "It would be more logical to reduce the sanction by a few months than to reduce the ban concerning international games, because legally it's easier to contend against the terms of the suspension that forbid him from training and from being at the club, because they violate fundamental rights.
They (the ECP) promised us that they will contend against the rigging we complained about last year," he said.
Any government is confined to an election tenure after which it has to contend against other parties to recover power.
Even an upswing in yields that emerged in May 2013 will contend against maturing investments from the past turning up with low rates.
The 'Batman Begins' star shared a pic of Malraux's quote which said that "the real struggle begins when you have to contend against a part of your own self.
Cricket will have a powerful rival this season to contend against, viz the game of rounders, which although the new game was only introduced last season, it became very popular.
But, by and large, what we have to contend against is not hostility but apathy, which is found in believers and dissenters alike.
Del Potro will most probably run into top seed and three-time champion Novak Djokovic, while Berdych may have to contend against five-time and defending champion Roger Federer.