Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dispute"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Therefore disputed [reasoned, --Rev. Ver.] he in
synagogue with the Jews. --Acts xvii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Addicted more To contemplation and profound dispute.

2. Contest; struggle; quarrel. --De Foe.

{Beyond dispute}, {Without dispute}, indisputably;

Syn: Altercation; controversy; argumentation; debate;
discussion; quarrel; disagreement; difference;
contention; wrangling. See {Altercation}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dispute \Dis*pute"\, v. t.
1. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to

The rest I reserve it be disputed how the magistrate
is to do herein. --Milton.

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.

To seize goods under the disputed authority of writs
of assistance. --Bancroft.

3. To strive or contend about; to contest.

To dispute the possession of the ground with the
Spaniards. --Prescott.

4. To struggle against; to resist. [Obs.]

Dispute it [grief] like a man. --Shak.

Syn: To controvert; contest; gainsay; doubt; question; argue;
debate; discuss; impugn. See {Argue}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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: {difference}, {difference of
opinion}, {conflict}]
2: coming into conflict with [syn: {contravention}]
v 1: take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn: {challenge},
2: have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the
question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo
fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: {quarrel},
{scrap}, {argufy}, {altercate}]

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