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contest

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verb con·test \ kən-ˈtest , ˈkän-ˌtest \

Definition of contest

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.

contestable

play \kən-ˈte-stə-bəl\ adjective

contester

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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.

Recent Examples of contest from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

contest Synonyms


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contest

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noun con·test \ ˈkän-ˌtest \

Definition of contest

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.

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.

Recent Examples of contest from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of contest



CONTEST Defined for English Language Learners

contest

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Definition of contest for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of contest for English Language Learners

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

  • : a struggle or effort to win or get something


CONTEST Defined for Kids

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contest

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noun con·test \ ˈkän-ˌtest \

Definition of contest for Students

: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

contested; contesting
: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

: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

: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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