previous next
Contend, 1) to strive: in sequent toil all (waves) “forwards do c.,” Sonn. 60, 4. “one that, above all other strifes, --ed especially to know himself,” Meas. III, 2, 246.
2) to quarrel, to combat, to fight: “--ing kings,” Lucr. 939. Gentl. I, 2, 129. Merch. III, 2, 142. All's I, 1, 72. H5 I, 2, 24. V, 2, 377. H6C II, 5, 102. Mcb. I, 3, 92. II, 2, 7. Hml. IV, 1, 7. Ant. II, 2, 80. Per. II, 3, 24 (c. not == do not contradict, make no words about it). Followed by “against:” Cor. IV, 5, 119. Mcb. II, 4, 17. Per. I, 2, 17. By “with:” Ven. 820. Pilgr. 223. H6B III, 2, 384. H6C II, 5, 2. Lr. III, 1, 4.
Contending == making war: “till he take truce with her --ing tears,” Ven. 82. “a foul --ing rebel,” Shr. V, 2, 159. cf. Mcb. II, 4, 17.
3) to vie: “they c. with thee in courtesy,” Troil. IV, 5, 206. “I'll make death love me, for I will c. even with his pestilent scythe,” Ant. III, 13, 193. --s in skill with Marina, Per. IV Prol. 30. Followed by against: “all our service were poor and single business to c. against those honours,” Mcb. I, 6, 16.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: