Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.
For never two such kingdoms did contend
Without much fall of blood.
The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
Deut. ii. 9.
In ambitious strength I did
Contend against thy valor.
You sit above, and see vain men below
Contend for what you only can bestow.
The question which our author would contend for.
Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
Dr. H. More.
Syn. -- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.