contest

verb
con·test | \ kən-ˈtest , ˈkän-ˌtest \
contested; contesting; contests

Definition of contest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: strive, vie contested for power

transitive verb

: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation especially : dispute, challenge The deceased's relatives are contesting his will.

contest

noun
con·test | \ ˈkän-ˌtest \

Definition of contest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a struggle for superiority or victory : competition a football contest between rival teams

2 : a competition in which each contestant performs without direct contact with or interference from competitors He won the contest for best photograph.

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Other words from contest

Verb

contestable \kən-ˈte-stə-bəl \ adjective
contester noun

Examples of contest in a Sentence

Verb

She plans to contest a seat in Congress next year. Both candidates have agreed to another debate before this hotly contested election.

Noun

Contest winners receive a cash prize. Will you enter the contest? She hopes to win the contest for mayor. Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a contest for control of the House of Representatives.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Grant’s will was contested because the handwritten addendum had not been signed by witnesses, according to court documents. BostonGlobe.com, "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 This thinking has been contested by an impressively broad array of sceptics, ranging from Jerry Brown, the governor of California, to Bill Perry, a former defence secretary, and Richard Lugar, a retired Republican senator. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 But the issue has been contested, and even Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed some early reluctance to creating a new military service citing the expense and broader effort to integrate warfighting. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump announces plans for a new military branch: 'Space Force'," 19 June 2018 Most men's events will be contested on Wednesday and Friday, and most women's events on Thursday and Saturday. ... Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships end a six-year run at Hayward Field: Quick facts," 5 June 2018 But in the Trump era, even these perfunctory requests are contested. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Michael Cohen and Michael Avenatti Both Had a Bad Day in Court," 31 May 2018 This view is contested by various scholars, and most recently Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who believes a president could be indicted and the trial postponed until after the president leaves office. Tom Ginsburg, Fortune, "Can the President Be Indicted? Yes, But Not By Who You Think," 22 May 2018 The congressional races are being contested under new maps instituted by the state’s Supreme Court in February. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "At Least Three Women Favored to Win House Seats in Pennsylvania After Primary Victories," 16 May 2018 The swim finals will be contested May 12 at Granite Hills. Joe Naiman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Webster, 200 freestyle relay team win Valley League swim titles," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a move to accommodate more than competitive shooting contests — and in a way that prioritizes creation and what makes the game so often go viral — is a step in the right direction. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The future of Fortnite may look a lot like Playground mode," 11 July 2018 This means the Fiesta Bowl will continue to host some of the sport's biggest contests, including the CFP semifinal match-ups in the 2022-23 and 2025-26 seasons. Doug Haller, azcentral, "Fiesta Bowl extends agreement with College Football Playoff through 2026," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday morning, the tuxedo-pajama-wearing Baby Evan was announced as one of five finalists of the contest, which began in May and drew tens of thousands of entries, according to the daytime talk show with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit baby finalist for cutest prize on 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'," 10 July 2018 Image Her family drove 30 hours from Minnesota to enter her in the contest, which is actually a celebration of unsightly dogs and is intended to promote pet adoption. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog, ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Dies at 9," 10 July 2018 The practical effect has almost always been lower voter turnout for the state contests, even though those officials hold far greater power over everyday life for Californians than does the president. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it," 10 July 2018 The Missouri race is expected to be one of the most competitive, closely watched contests in the country, and the outcome could determine which party controls the Senate next year. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "In Missouri Senate race, GOP contender wants to put Supreme Court fight center stage," 9 July 2018 At a recent casting for the Nuestra Belleza Venezuela contest, a pack of teens and 20-something women donned towering heels and coated their lips in glossy pink hues before strutting in front of judges. Washington Post, "In embattled Venezuela, beauty offers ladder out of poverty," 6 July 2018 The centerpiece of the town’s Superman tourism is the annual Superman Celebration, which draws several thousand comic book fans each year to Metropolis for four days of costume contests, movie screenings, and celebrity appearances. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "The Annual Super-Celebration in Superman's Real-World Home," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of contest

Verb

1603, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contest

Verb

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

Noun

see contest entry 1

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contest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of contest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

contest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

: a struggle or effort to win or get something

contest

noun
con·test | \ ˈkän-ˌtest \

Kids Definition of contest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a struggle for victory : competition a pie baking contest

contest

verb
con·test | \ kən-ˈtest \
contested; contesting

Kids Definition of contest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

contest

transitive verb
con·test | \ kən-ˈtest \

Legal Definition of contest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to dispute or challenge through legal procedures contest a will

contest

noun
con·test | \ ˈkän-ˌtest \

Legal Definition of contest (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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