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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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There was one exceptionally brilliant difference: The exposed-hammer, single-action Contender contained two firing pins, one for centerfire primers and a second for rimfires.
Many Contender enthusiasts consider rimmed cartridges most suitable for the firearm, and such are particularly well suited to the extractor design.
The Bellator middleweight will be at the Contender Fight Academy in Stockton on Sunday.
After the initial launch, the Contender stayed much the same until a few minor tweaks were added in the 1980s, giving rise to the G2 Contender that's still in production today.
One of these was long-range silhouetting and the 10" T/C Contender became the number one pistol used in the Production Class.
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.
Viewers can vote for her or other contenders next Saturday during BBC1's Making Your Mind Up.
And he was scheduled to fight the main event on a six-bout card at Madison Square Garden Bowl against title contender "Tuffy" Griffith, a corn-fed mauler from Iowa deemed by some to be Dempsey's heir apparent.
I was shocked to see how good it was, and with almost three more years to the Beijing Olympics, I believe China can be a genuine contender for the world championship.
The Contender Entertainment Group (Contender) has closed its three-year-old pop-culture publishing business.
Beginning this year, T/C is adding a new chapter to the Contender saga with the creation of a new Thompson/Center brand-name line of commercial ammunition in chamberings that have previously existed only as non-commercial wildcat loads.
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.