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

But its legacy, like Johnson’s, is one that will always be mixed, and contested. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 In this op-ed, writer Rory Taylor explains why DNA tests are contested as markers of indigenous identity. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 But even if the political circumstances are contested, the drone attack itself is plausible. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 Both parties have contested races for Marion County sheriff. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana primary 2018 live coverage: Turnout low, voters ready for end of ugly Senate race," 8 May 2018 Djourhi is contesting the extradition order and is now on bail. Nick Hewlett, The New Republic, "Nicolas Sarkozy and the Weakness of Liberal Democracy," 27 Mar. 2018 The match, contested between two European nations, drew supporters from scores of others; your correspondent counted more flags from Latin American countries than Europe. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream," 12 July 2018 More than 3,000 candidates from 193 parties are contesting 272 seats in the national assembly. Abdul Salam, USA TODAY, "A cricket star is the front-runner to become Pakistan's next prime minister," 9 July 2018 Ethiopia and Eritrea have not had diplomatic ties since the war began in 1998, with Abiy himself fighting in a town that remains contested today, and the countries have skirmished since then. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The highest-profile gun-control advocate on the ballot Tuesday was Democrat Lucy McBath, who defeated GOP Rep. Karen Handel in a suburban Atlanta House contest. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades," 9 Nov. 2018 The second entrant in the NGCV contest is the Raytheon/Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018 The poll finds Sinema garnering 48 percent support from Arizona likely voters in a two-way contest, while McSally has the backing of 45 percent. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 Competing in a pumpkin carving contest this year with friends or family? Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 In addition, four local students received state recognition in the PTA Theme Search contest. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "24 local students receive awards in PTA contests unique to Kentucky," 13 July 2018 David Beckham would be the betting-line favorite in any popularity contest. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Central Florida has other contenders in the NBC contest. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Reality TV: Central Florida hopefuls shine," 11 July 2018 Berges will be the lone starter for Florence in the annual contest. Cincinnati.com, "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 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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The first known use of contest was in 1603

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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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