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

The criminal charges disclosed Friday go well beyond the SEC’s civil allegations, which Balwani has contested. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes indicted for alleged fraud, out as CEO," 15 June 2018 Few topics are as hotly contested as airport style. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 Trump’s Justice Department is contesting the law, known as Senate Bill 54, in court. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "John Cox says Donald Trump will campaign for him in California," 12 June 2018 The names of 118,522 voters were omitted from the rolls at 1,430 polling stations in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, potentially slowing the count in the governor’s race and two of California’s tightly contested House battles. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "LA voter-roll snafu could delay results in key California election races," 5 June 2018 The district, Hispanic-majority and stretching from the western reaches of San Antonio nearly to El Paso, is split nearly evenly along partisan lines and has been a recent venue for some of the nation’s most hotly contested House races. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. congressman in vulnerable seat increases his focus on cyber security and ‘artificial intelligence’," 1 Apr. 2018 The race is sure to be hotly contested in the general election. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "We now know who'll take on Peter Roskam in IL-6," 21 Mar. 2018 The new version of iOS 12 changes how an app disappears from an iPhone display when a user swipes the screen upward—one of the features contested by the two companies. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Apple Pushes Out Software Update to Avoid China iPhone Ban," 19 Dec. 2018 Chicagoland Speedway does have lights should the race need to be delayed and contested at night. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "With rain in forecast, NASCAR moves up start time for Sunday's Cup race at Chicagoland," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Democrats are considered favorites in two of the remaining contests, while Republicans have an advantage in the other four. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Democrat Jared Golden Declared Winner in Tight Maine House Race," 15 Nov. 2018 Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Amid legal wrangling, Georgia election uncertainty lingers," 13 Nov. 2018 Voters will decide control of the House and the Senate, and gubernatorial contests will be held in 36 states; according to Ballotpedia, 37 states will decide 155 statewide ballot measures. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Viral game-show app HQ Trivia faces some existential questions," 5 Nov. 2018 Out of the 35 Senate contests taking place Tuesday, 10 involve Democratic incumbents seeking re-election in states that Trump won, often handily. . Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 In many cases, the process has refined how cities pitch themselves and underlined investment in local tech talent, or led to unexpected opportunities after playing a part in one of the biggest corporate incentive contests in history. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2: Why some cities feel like winners, despite losing," 28 Sep. 2018 The results of these contests — including the Mass. primary on Sept. 4 — could give some political hints about the future direction of the Democratic Party. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 But a series of contests spurred the development of software and hardware that have brought us to dawn of the next automotive revolution. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Mercedes Will Launch Self-Driving Taxis in California Next Year," 10 July 2018 The Bucks just wrapped up a trio of summer league games in Las Vegas, though DiVincenzo was held out of all three contests with a groin injury. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo has $3.71 to his name ... for now," 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 and Noun

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

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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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