What does the word contend mean?

Usage examples for contend

  1. There are some who contend that we should have retained our seats and " fought for our rights in the Union." – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  2. It is idle to say, that the construction and meaning are not what they appear to be; and it is certainly absurd to contend, that conjunctions always connect sentences; or always, words only. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown