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contest

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verb con·test \kən-ˈtest, ˈkän-ˌ\

Simple Definition of contest

  • : to make (something) the subject of an argument or a legal case : to say that you do not agree with or accept (something)

  • : to try to win (something)

  • : to struggle or fight for or against something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contest

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  strive, vie

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; especially :  dispute, challenge

contestable play \-ˈtes-tə-bəl\ adjective
contester noun

Examples of contest in a sentence

  1. She plans to contest a seat in Congress next year.

  2. Both candidates have agreed to another debate before this hotly contested election.



Origin of contest

Middle French contester, from Latin contestari (litem) to bring an action at law, from contestari to call to witness, from com- + testis witness — more at testament


First Known Use: 1603


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contest

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noun con·test \ˈkän-ˌtest\

Simple Definition of contest

  • : an event in which people try to win by doing something better than others

  • : a struggle or effort to win or get something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contest

  1. 1 :  a struggle for superiority or victory :  competition

  2. 2 :  a competition in which each contestant performs without direct contact with or interference from competitors

Examples of contest in a sentence

  1. Contest winners receive a cash prize.

  2. Will you enter the contest?

  3. She hopes to win the contest for mayor.

  4. Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a contest for control of the House of Representatives.



1630

First Known Use of contest

1630



CONTEST Defined for Kids

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contest

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noun con·test \ˈkän-ˌtest\

Definition of contest for Students

  1. :  a struggle for victory :  competition <a pie baking contest>




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contest

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verb con·test \kən-ˈtest\

Definition of contest for Students

contestedcontesting

  1. :  to make (something) a cause of dispute or fighting <They will contest a claim to the fortune.>




Law Dictionary

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contest

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transitive verb con·test \kən-ˈtest\

Legal Definition of contest

  1. :  to dispute or challenge through legal procedures <contest a will>




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contest

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noun con·test \ˈkän-ˌtest\

Legal Definition of contest

  1. :  a challenge brought through formal or legal procedures <boundary controversies or other contests between states — Felix Frankfurter>; specifically :  will contest — see also no contest clause





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