v. dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing, dis·putes
a. To express disagreement over: disputed the plaintiff's claims.
b. To express disagreement with (someone): made his point so forcefully that nobody dared dispute him.
2. To question the truth or validity of; doubt: Her friends disputed her intentions.
a. To strive to gain or win; struggle over: The two countries disputed the region for decades.
b. To strive against; resist: disputed the advance of the marauders.
To engage in discussion or debate: The candidates disputed over foreign policy. See Synonyms at discuss.
1. A verbal controversy; a debate: the dispute over the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
2. A disagreement or quarrel: a bitter dispute over property rights.
[Middle English disputen, from Old French desputer, from Latin disputāre, to examine : dis-, apart; see DIS- + putāre, to reckon; see pau-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
dis·puta·ble (dĭ-spytə-bəl, dĭspyə-) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.