From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dispute \Dis*pute"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Disputed; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Disputing.] [OE. desputen, disputen, OF. desputer,
   disputer, F. disputer, from L. disputare, disputatum; dis- +
   putare to clean; hence, fig., to clear up, set in order,
   reckon, think. See Putative, Pure.]
   To contend in argument; to argue against something
   maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to
   reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
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         Therefore disputed [reasoned, --Rev. Ver.] he in
         synagogue with the Jews.                 --Acts xvii.
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