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

Their identities have been contested by members of the Russian Orthodox Church, however, and their bodies have remained in a state archive since. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Romanov Family: The True Story Behind Netflix’s New Miniseries, 'The Last Czars'," 3 July 2019 These three record-breaking champions are wonderful athletes who have contested a slew of entertaining matches over the past decade and a half. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "What the Men Can Learn From the Women at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is contesting Mr. Johnson for the party’s leadership, leaving the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Thursday. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Tories Pin Brexit Hopes on Boris Johnson, Blunders and All," 28 June 2019 Citations are sent by mail to a vehicle’s registered owner, who can contest the citation or deny liability, naming someone else driving the car at the time. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Two San Antonio suburbs plan to keep red light cameras in place despite statewide ban," 17 June 2019 Bigge Crane has been targeted by OSHA for at least 17 violations since 2013, though the firm has contested some citations. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "‘Completely decimated’: Crane topples into Dallas apartments, killing one," 10 June 2019 And while obviously not all 34 of these Democrats are going to stay in the mix long enough to appear on a ballot in Iowa, the odds seem overwhelming that there will be a half-dozen or more who meaningfully contest early primaries. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 The case has been long contested because José was a Mexican citizen and was standing on Mexican soil when he was shot 10 times by Swartz, who fired his gun through a section of border fence from the U.S. side. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "A Court Ruled the Family of a Mexican Teen Killed by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Can Sue," 8 Aug. 2018 Cambodia has been a strong supporter of Beijing's claims to territory in the South China Sea, putting it at odds with its neighbor, Vietnam, which has contested the claims. Holly Robertson, latimes.com, "Is another election being hacked? That's the claim against a Chinese group in Cambodia," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The user @CarpeDonktum previously won a $10,000 anti-mainstream-media meme contest sponsored by the conspiracy theory website Infowars, which has been barred on major social media sites. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump looks to rally controversial online allies at White House social media summit," 10 July 2019 The outfielder for the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate, beat out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees) first baseman Mike Ford, 19-18, in the final round to win the contest. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas wins Triple-A Home Run Derby," 9 July 2019 The user @CarpeDonktum previously won a $10,000 anti-mainstream media meme contest sponsored by the conspiracy theory website Infowars, which has been barred on major social media sites. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Trump looks to rally controversial online allies at White House social media summit," 9 July 2019 Bell is considered the favorite to win the contest at 3-to-1. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "What time, TV, channel is 2019 MLB Home Run Derby? (7/8/19) bracket, live stream," 8 July 2019 Aaron Judge won the contest in 2017, while Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier came out on top in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Home Run Derby 2019: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Live Stream," 8 July 2019 In the run-up to the election against former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who ran as an independent, Lara, who won the contest by about 5 percentage points, pledged throughout his 2018 campaign not to accept campaign money from insurers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "State’s top insurance regulator accepted tens of thousands of dollars from industry executives, records show," 7 July 2019 Germany, now the continent’s largest military spender, won the contest to lead. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 2019 The last time the Pride won a contest before Saturday was on July 14 against Utah Royals FC 2-1. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride snaps 15-game winless streak with 2-1 win over Sky Blue," 23 June 2019

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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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12 Jul 2019

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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 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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