dispute
I. verb (disputed; disputing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desputer, from Latin disputare to discuss, from dis- + putare to think Date: 13th century intransitive verb to engage in argument ; debate; especially to argue irritably or with irritating persistence transitive verb 1. a. to make the subject of disputation <
legislators hotly disputed the bill
>
b. to call into question <
her honesty was never disputed
>
2. a. to struggle against ; oppose <
disputed the advance of the invaders
>
b. to contend over <
both sides disputed the bridgehead
>
disputable adjectivedisputably adverbdisputer noun II. noun Date: 1555 1. a. verbal controversy ; debate b. quarrel 2. obsolete physical combat

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  • dispute — [ dispyt ] n. f. • 1474; de disputer 1 ♦ Vx Discussion, lutte d opinions, sur un point de doctrine. ⇒ débat, discussion. Dispute par écrit. ⇒ polémique. 2 ♦ (XVIIe) Mod. Échange violent de paroles (arguments, reproches, insultes) entre personnes… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dispute — di‧spute [dɪˈspjuːt,ˈdɪspjuːt] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES a serious disagreement between two groups of people, especially a disagreement between workers and their employers in which the workers take action to protest: • The… …   Financial and business terms

  • dispute — dis·pute 1 /di spyüt/ vb dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing vi: to engage in a dispute disputing with management over contract terms vt: to engage in a dispute over disputing the correct application of the contract provision; esp: to oppose by argume …   Law dictionary

  • dispute — DISPUTE. s. f. Débat, contestation. Grande dispute. Ils sont toujours en dispute. Avoir dispute ensemble. Avoir dispute contre quelqu un. Opiniâtre dans la dispute. La chaleur de la dispute. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit aussi Des actions publiques qui se… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • dispute — Dispute. s. f. Debat, contestation. Grande dispute. ils sont tousjours en dispute. avoir dispute ensemble. avoir dispute contre quelqu un. opiniastre dans la dispute. la chaleur de la dispute. Il se dit aussi des actions publiques qui se font… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dispute — [di spyo͞ot′] vi. disputed, disputing [ME disputen < OFr desputer < L disputare, lit., to compute, discuss, hence argue about < dis , apart + putare, to think: see PUTATIVE] 1. to argue; debate 2. to quarrel vt. 1. to argue or debate (a… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disputé — disputé, ée (di spu té, tée) part. passé. Mis en dispute, en discussion. •   Ces neuf années s écoulèrent avant que j eusse pris aucun parti touchant les difficultés qui ont coutume d être disputées entre les doctes, DESC. Méth. III, 7.    Fig.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • dispute — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. desputer (12c.) dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss, from L. disputare weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain, from dis separately (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + putare to count, consider, originally to prune (see PAVE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • dispute — vb argue, debate, *discuss, agitate Analogous words: see those at DEBATE Antonyms: concede Contrasted words: *grant, allow dispute n *argument, controversy Analogous words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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