verb (used without object), dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing.
- to engage in argument or debate.
- to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
verb (used with object), dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing.
- to argue or debate about; discuss.
- to argue against; call in question: to dispute a proposal.
- to quarrel or fight about; contest.
- to strive against; oppose: to dispute an advance of troops.
- a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
- a wrangling argument; quarrel.
- to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
- (tr) to seek to win; contest for
- (tr) to struggle against; resist
noun (dɪˈspjuːt, ˈdɪspjuːt)
- an argument or quarrel
v.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.