What is contending? Please give three examples or situations.

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Contend means: to strive in a contest, to struggle in a contest, to vie against a rival, to maintain or assert.  Some synonyms are: struggle, argue, maintain, assert, vie

The little girl contended with her mother that she had not taken any cookies from the cookie jar. (maintained or asserted: transitive verb)

The young rookie lawyer contended with a seasoned attorney for hours in debate over a rather simple matter in case law. (struggled against an opponent or rival)

The runners contended in the contest long past their strength and endurance could hold up. (to struggle in a contest)

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