be engaged in a fight
carry on a fight
"the tribesmen fought each other"
"Siblings are always fighting"
"Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
compete for something
engage in a contest
measure oneself against others
come to terms with
"We got by on just a gallon of gas"
"They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
- get by - make out - make do
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
"They contested the outcome of the race"
have an argument about something
maintain or assert
"He contended that Communism had no future"