contend with


contend with
con ˈtend with [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they contend with he/she/it contends with present participle contending with past tense contended with past participle contended with] phrasal verb
to have to deal with problems or difficulties, especially in order to achieve something

They had to contend with winds of over 40 miles an hour.

I’ve got quite enough to contend with bringing up three kids.

Thesaurus: to try to deal with a problem or difficultysynonym
Main entry: contend

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contend with [phrasal verb]
contend with (something) : to deal with (something difficult or unpleasant)

Customers should not have to contend with the problems caused by these delays.

He's had a lot to contend with recently. [=he's had many problems to deal with]

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Main Entry:contend

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • contend with — Syn: cope with, struggle with, grapple with, deal with, take on, handle …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • contend with — argue with , debate with …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • contend with/against — struggle to surmount (a difficulty). → contend …   English new terms dictionary

  • contend — 1 Contend, fight, battle, war come into comparison when they mean to strive in opposition to someone or something. Contend, the most general of these words, always implies a desire or an effort to overcome that which is opposed, but it may imply… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Contend — Con*tend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Contended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contending}.] [OF. contendre, L. contendere, tentum; con + tendere to strech. See {Tend}.] 1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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