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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

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

con·test·able play \-ˈtes-tə-bəl\ adjective
con·test·er noun

Examples of contest

  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

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

  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




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