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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Students researched, wrote and edited their speeches and then practiced their public speaking skills, all with help from volunteer mentors from throughout the school district, contest organizer Jasmine Waterman said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester students compete in oratory contest focused on Black history," 2 Apr. 2021 As a teenager, Frances won flying lessons as the prize in a New York City essay contest and became a qualified pilot. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Frances D. Horowitz, 88, Dies; Transformed CUNY Graduate Center," 23 Mar. 2021 When Herro got the pass from him, LeVert ran him down under a screen to contest and force an airball. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Myles Turner shuts down Heat in overtime to spark Pacers' comeback victory," 22 Mar. 2021 Green holds the title of 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon and competed in the 2018 Miss Montana contest. oregonlive, "Judge dismisses transgender woman’s suit against Miss United States of America pageant," 26 Feb. 2021 The trial court where they were convicted would consider the requests, and prosecutors could contest them. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Bills could lead to shorter sentences for some Alabama offenders," 25 Mar. 2021 But shortly after the presidential election, President Donald Trump and his allies began to contest the results, often using the hashtag #StoptheSteal as a rallying cry. Washington Post, "Lawmakers want answers on the role Google, Facebook and Twitter played in the attacks on the Capitol and viral covid-19 misinformation," 25 Mar. 2021 Kerlee didn’t contest the state’s action, according to the state board’s order. oregonlive, "Salem man sues Mormon church, alleging it allowed youth group leader with child sex conviction to abuse him," 23 Feb. 2021 There is also no chance for the defense to contest testimony obtained during the investigation or evidence seized during searches, as would be required in Italy. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Italy court weighs extradition to Vatican in fair trial case," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a team, IU was the third-worst rushing offense in the Big Ten, producing 108.6 yards per contest. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Caleb Jones wants 'to be the best me I can be next season'," 6 Apr. 2021 Playing fewer minutes per contest than last season, Ball increased his scoring contributions to 14.5 points on 12.3 shots per game. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, "Lonzo Ball Letting His Game Speak, Showing Comfort Level With New Orleans Pelicans," 5 Apr. 2021 In the first three games of the season, Newton averaged 238.0 passing yards and 49.7 rushing yards per contest. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Patriots owner ‘a big fan’ of backup QB Jarrett Stidham," 3 Apr. 2021 In 85 career games at Utah, Allen has 1,323 points, while averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Timmy Allen, Utah’s All-Pac-12 forward, plans to enter transfer portal," 26 Mar. 2021 McGee was averaging eight points and 5.2 rebounds per game in just 15 minutes of action per contest. oregonlive, "NBA Trade Deadline/Live Updates: Will the Portland Trail Blazers add an impact talent?," 25 Mar. 2021 The Clippers were averaging 14.4 made 3-pointers per contest, sixth in the NBA. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "The triple take: Clippers 134, Spurs 101," 24 Mar. 2021 McKinley Wright IV, Colorado’s leading scorer for the season with more than 15 points per contest, finished with 10 on 4-of-12 shooting. Cliff Brunt, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's next opponent: Florida State advances by taking down Colorado," 22 Mar. 2021 In his first season on the floor for the Cavs, Hauser scored 16.0 points and brought in 6.7 rebounds per contest, shooting better than 51%. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your guide to Wisconsinites in the NCAA basketball tournament," 19 Mar. 2021

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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

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The first known use of contest was in 1603

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9 Apr 2021

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“Contest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contest. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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