contest

verb
con·​test | \ kən-ˈtest How to pronounce contest (audio) , ˈkän-ˌtest How to pronounce contest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce contest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce contestable (audio) \ 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 This party is in the first stages of picking its nominee, who will contest the only method still remaining for turfing Trump out of office — namely, the election this November. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "American democracy is dying," 7 Feb. 2020 By the time Bryant called a news conference, sitting next to his wife and publicly contesting the charges, the case had already become a national spectacle. Amira Rose Davis, The New Republic, "A Legacy of Incoherence," 1 Feb. 2020 Despite his warnings, Mr. Sekulow did not directly deny Mr. Bolton’s account, instead reading aloud from statements by Mr. Trump, the Justice Department and the vice president’s office contesting it. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Trump’s Defense Team Discounts Bolton as Republicans Work to Hold Off Witnesses," 28 Jan. 2020 His attorney, Peter Zeidenberg, said in an email that Tao denies the charges and will be vigorously contest them in court, and that Tao looks forward to clearing his name. Washington Post, "Attorney: Kansas researcher denies concealing Chinese work," 16 Jan. 2020 Estuardo and his son, Ariel, did not undergo a DNA test before their separation, which lasted for more than four months until advocates contested it and helped them reunite. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Court refuses to further restrict administration's power to separate migrant families," 13 Jan. 2020 There will be two skateboard disciplines contested in Tokyo — park and street. Pat Graham, The Denver Post, "Starting with Colorado’s Brooke Raboutou, here’s some up-and-coming athletes to watch in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Her attorneys asked questions about the new determination Tuesday, and have four weeks to file a memo with the court contesting it. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Psychologist: St. Catherine University arson suspect is now competent to stand trial," 17 Dec. 2019 Before the evening of chaos, the campaign of Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who is not contesting the early states, spent the day merrily sending out news releases about states voting in March or later. New York Times, "Waiting Years for This Night, Then Hours for an Iowa Winner," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voting contest took place on Monday, but technical problems and communications failures caused significant delays in reporting the results. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Women of color split from Warren's Nevada campaign, saying they felt like token minorities," 6 Feb. 2020 Trump has not been involved in this year’s Senate contest in Alabama, opting so far to stay on the sidelines ahead of the primary election. al, "Trump gives Bradley Byrne a shout-out during post-impeachment acquittal speech," 6 Feb. 2020 But the results in Iowa were muddied by the stunning breakdown of the caucus reporting process in a state that traditionally kicks off presidential nominating contests. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, "Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied with almost all results tallied in Iowa Democratic caucuses," 6 Feb. 2020 Even though results from Monday's contests haven't been finalized, U.S. presidential hopefuls are focusing on what other state, which holds its primaries next Tuesday? 8. CNN, "CNN 10 - February 7, 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 That’s true, but this is turkey chili—I’m not here to win an authenticity contest. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "We Fixed Everything That’s Wrong with Turkey Chili," 6 Feb. 2020 The only other candidate currently airing ads in all of those states holding contests on March 3 is billionaire Mike Bloomberg. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Iowa chaos lingers ahead of New Hampshire," 6 Feb. 2020 Lillard also has dished out 10.2 assists per game in the past six contests to become the first player in NBA history to average 45.0 points and 10.0 assists across six games. oregonlive, "Damian Lillard scoring watch: Live updates as Portland Trail Blazers visit Denver Nuggets," 5 Feb. 2020 There was even one contest that featured five overtimes. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Super Swish trophy winners beat the clock en route to foul-shooting honors," 5 Feb. 2020

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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

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French contester "to debate, make the subject of dispute," earlier "to refuse to recognize a right or claim," probably borrowed from Old Occitan contestar, borrowed from Latin contestārī "to call to witness," in the phrase lītem contestārī (with līt-, līs "dispute at law") "to join issue in a legal suit," from con- con- + -testārī, verbal derivative of testis "witness" — more at testament

Noun

derivative of contest entry 1

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Time Traveler for contest

Time Traveler

The first known use of contest was in 1603

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contest. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for contest

contest

verb
How to pronounce contest (audio) How to pronounce contest (audio)

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
How to pronounce contest (audio)

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 How to pronounce contest (audio) \

Kids Definition of contest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a struggle for victory : competition a pie baking contest

contest

verb
con·​test | \ kən-ˈtest How to pronounce contest (audio) \
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.
con·​test | \ kən-ˈtest How to pronounce contest (audio) \

Legal Definition of contest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to dispute or challenge through legal procedures contest a will

contest

noun
con·​test | \ ˈkän-ˌtest How to pronounce contest (audio) \

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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