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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.
See also: contend, for

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?
See also: contend

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.
See also: contend, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: contend, problem

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.
See also: contend
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Poska contends that while the Church achieved some success in this area, it was limited, thereby evidencing the "basic inability of the Church to firmly control its flock" (88).
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He asserts that "there are no artificial barriers left to women's achievement," and that racism and sexism today "are mere wisps of their former selves, except when it comes to white, heterosexual males," Indeed, in his view, "it would be difficult to contend that, the end of racial segregation aside, American culture today is as healthy as the culture of the 1950s" The 1950s?
Second, Mackey contends that critical attention to similarities in style and form - as opposed, for example, to content-based readings, which he implies are often shaped by reductive assumptions about race or region - allows for a richer understanding of the cross-cultural dimension of figures presumed to be divided by geographic, racial, and even temporal boundaries.
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