Definition of "Contend" :
verb: maintain or assert
"He contended that Communism had no future."
verb: have an argument about something
verb: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
verb: compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
verb: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
"Militant groups are contending for control of the country."
verb: succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available