What is Contend ?
Contend is (verb) 1. to contend with to be forced to deal with something unpleasant We had to contend with rainstorms, floods, and mosquitoes, so the holiday was not a great success. Drugs are yet another problem that schools have to contend with. 2. to state that something is true The witness contended that the injury to the head was consistent with being hit with a blunt instrument.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level