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.

Other Words from contest

Verb

contestable \ kən-​ˈte-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce contest (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump spoke publicly during this period about his intent to contest the election results in the Supreme Court. Bob Woodward And Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Trump and his supporters are doing plenty of groundwork to contest the results of future elections. Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Nevertheless, the bank said Staley intends to contest the results of the inquiry. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 Collins and Murkowski objected to a lack of religious freedom protections in the Democratic bill — a notion Democratic leaders contest — and no serious effort was made to address their concerns, senators and aides involved in the issue said. Mike Debonis, Rachel Roubein, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 The John Birch Society advertised on billboards, bumper stickers and a student essay contest urging the impeachment of then-Chief Justice Earl Warren over desegregation. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 Jacquie recently was selected as the Hate Youth Speak Out essay contest grand prize winner. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 The Bandits-Birmingham Stallions contest will complete a Saturday doubleheader at 6 p.m. on FOX. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 6 May 2022 The Detroit Free Press took top honors in 10 categories — including Best Editorial Writing and Best Feature Writing — at the 2021 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors contest. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday will be the home brew contest (registration required; not open to the public), and Saturday will start with the Slammin’ Salmon Fun Run, followed by the beer tasting. Naomi Stock, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 The matchup in the fall, the outcome of which could tip control of the Senate, is a rare general election contest in the South pitting two Black candidates against one another. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Rewind to the first quarter when Game 2 was actually a contest and the Celtics actually trailed by 10 (18-8). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Returning this year is an air cannon golf shooter contest. Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 Political consultant Dermot Givens said the June 7 election is now a three-way contest among Bass, Caruso and De León. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Many political observers considered Tuesday's Pennsylvania GOP Senate election to be the marquee contest in the busiest day of the midterm primary season. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 May 2022 This will be a contest to follow in the general election. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 17 May 2022 Originally, the bout was expected to be a professional contest. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of contest was in 1603

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27 May 2022

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“Contest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contest. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for contest

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.

contest

transitive verb
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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