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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 for (something)

To compete against someone for something. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend for a win. 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 with (someone or something) for (something)

To compete against someone or something for something. Andy hasn't trained enough to contend with other swimmers his age for a win. 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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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 burden of proof actually remained with the party that had brought the case before the court, he contended and added that he had been acquitted in cases pertaining to the same subject matter.
Target Stores denied liability and contended the condition was open and obvious, and that the woman failed to use due care for her own safety.
In their review petition, the factory contended that they had been accused by Raja Waseem that their factory was secretly drawing groundwater for use.
He contended that the top court had absolute authority in exercising its practice regarding review jurisdiction until or unless the Parliament legislate on this matter.
As evidence for the moral disintegration of the family, Drescher cited the "band of half neglected children loose in the streets smoking and begging and idling away their time."(47) He contended "even mothers from good houses turn away from educating their young and leave their children with often uneducated, young, immoral servants."(48)
The review petition contended that Murtaza remained a director of the EHL from 2007 till 2009.
The lawyer contended that as the PCO No.1 had been declared without lawful authority and of no legal effect, the amendments in it made under order No9 of 1999 should also have lapsed after the statutory limitation period of 120 days prescribed under Article 89.
The Service contended that the placement activities were unrelated to AAFP's exempt purposes.
In further trials with 4-year-olds, most of these youngsters contended that people can voluntarily empty their minds of all thoughts and ideas for a few minutes and that the mind of a waiting person "was not doing anything."
ISLAMABAD -- Former chief minister Punjab and President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Shehbaz Sharif Monday contended before the Supreme Court that there was no violation of law in the government's advertisements bearing pictures of politicians or leaders.
Responses emerging from the room might prove indistinguishable from those of a native Chinese speaker, Searle contended, even though the person toiling in the Chinese Room understands neither the questions nor the answers.
The petitioner had contended that the former prime minister had misstated facts in his nomination papers.
Hilgard, offers a useful framework for understanding the relation of conscious to unconscious mental activity, Kihlstrom contended at the recent annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.
The counsel for Awan had contended that Rasheed produced two declarations regarding his income tax, adding he admitted agricultural tax in the first declaration while another declaration contradicted the first one.
Secondary lords or rulers also increased in number at Caracol as the Classic era progressed, contended Arlen F.