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To engage in a contest
“I guess this all goes back to the idea of the artists' dole helping up-and-comers build a base to contend for more serious arts funding.”
Assert something as a position in an argument
“He wants to contend that because that was again an argument not put to the Court of Appeal or to the judge.”
To make a claim
To dispute the validity of
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