contend (v.)
fight, engage in combat, struggle
3H6 II.v.102[King to himself, of the houses of Lancaster and York] If you contend, a thousand lives must wither
AC II.ii.84[Antony to Caesar] if we contend
AC III.xiii.192[Antony to Cleopatra, of death] I will contend / even with his pestilent scythe
Cor IV.v.116[Aufidius to Coriolanus] I did / Contend against thy valour
H5 I.ii.24[King Henry to Canterbury] never two such kingdoms did contend / Without much fall of blood
KL III.i.4[Gentleman to disguised Kent, of Lear] Contending with the fretful elements
Mac I.iii.91[Ross to Macbeth, of the King] His wonders and his praises do contend
Mac II.ii.7[Lady Macbeth alone, of the King's attendants] I have drugged their possets / That death and nature do contend about them / Whether they live or die
Mac II.iv.17[Ross to Old Man, of Duncan's horses] Turned wild in nature ... / Contending 'gainst obedience
MM III.ii.222[Escalus to disguised Duke, of the Duke] One that, above all other strifes, contended especially to know himself
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