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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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Since "being isolated at home with one adult and no peers" is socially harmful, it "should not be permitted," she contends.
SLDN contends the decline reflects the military's reluctance to discharge service members during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when the demand for personnel is high.
In this case, however, some observers contend that while the underlying materials involved in this case--EEOC rulings and jury verdicts--may be in themselves public information, the process involved in preparing them for publication is much different than simply republishing the addresses and telephone numbers in the Feist case--in other words, that enough additional editorial work is required to create the published product to justify copyright.
As few as two years ago, Metzler contends, corporations were paying as much as $700 a month for T1 access to a POP.
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?
He contends that the cost of remediation for such a problem can be staggering, but to potentially multiply that cost by 10 is totally unacceptable.
That lawsuit contends that Best Buy never intended to make Powell its sole integrator and, in fact, already had another Minnesota company under contract to do the work.
She contends that she was forced to go on disability in February 2001 because she faced a hostile working environment after rebuffing advances by Hufford, according to court documents.
Congressman Young contends that "nothing else can provide the deterrence or effectiveness of a gun wielded by a highly trained individual.
As these melted and drifted toward lower latitudes, they dropped the sand to the ocean bottom, she contends.
1990, the UISP paper contends that if there is a general capital improvements plan, all costs (not only those directly attributable to asset acquisition and installation) are subject to capitalization.
Bessel rejects the concept of a Front generation because of what he contends are religious, occupational and geographical cleavages.
Murray contends, "Everyone has the `g-factor,' but Jews have more of it.
He contends that discarding racial and class combinations will be throwing off centuries of "identical moral claims about fate and the state of the races," which are repeated endlessly.
In its friend-of-the-court brief in support of the New Hampshire law, the ACLJ contends the Supreme Court has never held that all laws regulating the provision of abortions must contain a "health" exception - as the federal appeals court concluded.