verb (used without object), dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing.

  1. to engage in argument or debate.
  2. to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.

verb (used with object), dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing.

  1. to argue or debate about; discuss.
  2. to argue against; call in question: to dispute a proposal.
  3. to quarrel or fight about; contest.
  4. to strive against; oppose: to dispute an advance of troops.


  1. a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
  2. a wrangling argument; quarrel.

verb (dɪˈspjuːt)

  1. to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
  3. (tr) to seek to win; contest for
  4. (tr) to struggle against; resist

noun (dɪˈspjuːt, ˈdɪspjuːt)

  1. an argument or quarrel

c.1300, from Old French desputer (12c.) “dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss,” from Latin disputare “weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain,” from dis- “separately” (see dis-) + putare “to count, consider,” originally “to prune” (see pave).

Used in Vulgate in sense of “to argue, contend with words.” Related: Disputable; disputed; disputing. The noun is not certainly recorded before 1590s (disputacioun in that sense is from late 14c.).

see in dispute.

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