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NOUN (2)

1. a disagreement or argument about something important;
- Example: "he had a dispute with his wife"
- Example: "there were irreconcilable differences"
- Example: "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
[syn: dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict]

2. coming into conflict with;
[syn: dispute, contravention]


VERB (2)

1. take exception to;
- Example: "She challenged his claims"
[syn: challenge, dispute, gainsay]

2. have a disagreement over something;
- Example: "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"
- Example: "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
[syn: quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispute \Dis*pute"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Disputed; p. pr. & vb. n. Disputing.] [OE. desputen, disputen, OF. desputer, disputer, F. disputer, from L. disputare, disputatum; dis- + putare to clean; hence, fig., to clear up, set in order, reckon, think. See Putative, Pure.] To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle. [1913 Webster] Therefore disputed [reasoned, --Rev. Ver.] he in synagogue with the Jews. --Acts xvii. 17. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispute \Dis*pute"\, v. t. 1. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss. [1913 Webster] The rest I reserve it be disputed how the magistrate is to do herein. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To oppose by argument or assertion; to attempt to overthrow; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of; as, to dispute assertions or arguments. [1913 Webster] To seize goods under the disputed authority of writs of assistance. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster] 3. To strive or contend about; to contest. [1913 Webster] To dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 4. To struggle against; to resist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Dispute it [grief] like a man. --Shak. Syn: To controvert; contest; gainsay; doubt; question; argue; debate; discuss; impugn. See Argue. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispute \Dis*pute"\, n. [Cf. F. dispute. See Dispute, v. i.] 1. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate. [1913 Webster] Addicted more To contemplation and profound dispute. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Contest; struggle; quarrel. --De Foe. [1913 Webster] Beyond dispute, Without dispute, indisputably; incontrovertibly. Syn: Altercation; controversy; argumentation; debate; discussion; quarrel; disagreement; difference; contention; wrangling. See Altercation. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dispute n 1: a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats" [syn: dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict] 2: coming into conflict with [syn: dispute, contravention] v 1: take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn: challenge, dispute, gainsay] 2: have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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