- dispute di‧spute [dɪˈspjuːt,ˈdɪspjuːt] noun1. [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES a serious disagreement between two groups of people, especially a disagreement between workers and their employers in which the workers take action to protest:
• The amount of working time lost through disputes and stoppages has fallen dramatically.
• a pay dispute involving 450 staffdispute between
• Several disputes have broken out between businesses competing for the best locations.dispute over
• their long-running dispute over copyrightdemarˈcation disˌpute [countable]HUMAN RESOURCES a disagreement between different trade unions about which workers should do which jobs:
• The company has a flexible workforce in that workers can each carry out a number of different jobs without demarcation disputes.inˌdustrial disˈpute [countable] HUMAN RESOURCESanother name for labour dispute:
• a prolonged industrial disputeˈlabour disˌpute , labor dispute [countable] HUMAN RESOURCESa disagreement between the managers and workers of a company, sometimes resulting in a strike:
• The labor dispute at their Boston plant was settled recently.ˈtrade disˌpute1. [countable] ECONOMICS a disagreement about trade between countries or companies in different countries:
• a trade dispute between China and the Republic of Korea2. be in dispute (with somebody) if two groups of people are in dispute, they are involved in a disagreement:
• The EU is in dispute with the German government over the level of their production subsidies.
* * *Ⅰ.dispute UK US /ˈdɪspjuːt/ noun [C or U]► an argument or disagreement, especially an official one: »
The judge urged the feuding partners to settle their legal dispute .»
Staff have been in a long-running pay dispute with the company.»
An official involved in the dispute said that the attorney has indicated he is likely to agree to the revised terms.»
He was in dispute with his last company, which had terminated his contract.»
Workers at the car plant are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over pay.dispute between/with sb/sth (and sb/sth) »
The dispute between Brazil and the United States over immigration checks continued.»
a bitter/long-running dispute● in dispute — Cf. in dispute→ See also ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION(Cf. ↑alternative dispute resolution), CREDIT DISPUTE LETTER(Cf. ↑credit dispute letter), DEMARCATION DISPUTE(Cf. ↑demarcation dispute), EMPLOYMENT DISPUTE(Cf. ↑employment dispute), INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE(Cf. ↑industrial dispute), INSURANCE DISPUTE(Cf. ↑insurance dispute), LETTER OF DISPUTE(Cf. ↑letter of dispute), TRADE DISPUTE(Cf. ↑trade dispute)Ⅱ.dispute UK US /dɪˈspjuːt/ verb [T]► to disagree with or express doubts about something: »
Health insurers dispute the doctors' statement that they don't pay enough to make up for the cost of the vaccine.»
Many in the television industry dispute research findings suggesting negative long-term effects of television violence.
Financial and business terms. 2012.