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

The Super Bowl isn’t always contested by the best team in each conference because our football lives are filled with injuries and upsets and other mysteries of the unknown. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Do Not Embrace the Tank, the Patriots Are Not Magical, Who’s Playing in Super Bowl 54," 8 Sep. 2019 The appointment is likely to be contested by Democrats and labor unions because Mr. Scalia has a long record of representing Walmart and other companies that pushed back against unions and tougher labor laws. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job," 18 July 2019 But Curry’s shot, which was expertly contested by Toronto power forward Serge Ibaka, bounced off the back of the rim, effectively ending Golden State’s hopes for a three-peat. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 The vast Roman Empire, long contested by consuls and generals, was now firmly in the grasp of an emperor: Augustus Caesar. National Geographic, "Who was Augustus Caesar?," 20 May 2019 The election’s first round on March 31 was contested by 39 candidates, and Mr. Zelenskiy topped the polls with 30%, followed by Mr. Poroshenko with 17%. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president," 19 Apr. 2019 Such a move would likely be vigorously contested by the Trump administration. al, "Congress and the country wait for findings in Mueller report," 23 Mar. 2019 The spat concerns waters off western Singapore that are contested by both countries. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore, Malaysia move to cool airspace and sea disputes," 8 Jan. 2019 Dzienski is a specialist in speed climbing, one of three climbing disciplines that will be contested next year at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Watch: Speed climber vs. elevator in seven-story race," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hospital system is holding an in-house essay contest and the top 20 entrants will be allowed to attend the 2 1/2-day October conference on the company’s dime. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Mayor Frank Jackson denies interfering in grandson’s criminal cases: The Wake Up for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019," 13 Sep. 2019 There's also games, costume contests and a post-fight hose-off courtesy the Milwaukee Fire Department. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from the Tomato Romp to Harbor Fest," 5 Sep. 2019 The contest and exhibit has been ongoing since 2006. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "RB High grad part of youth photo display at Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park," 5 Sep. 2019 The 6-year-old Keeshond triumphed over nearly 7,000 other adorable dogs to win this year’s contest. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Kasey! Puppy Mill Survivor and Winner of the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest," 12 Sep. 2019 One test of voter mood will come in Tuesday's special election in North Carolina, where the Democrat for an open House seat, Marine veteran Dan McCready, faces Republican Dan Bishop, in a contest both parties see as toss-up. CBS News, "Congress returns with pressure to take action on guns and more," 9 Sep. 2019 That intensity also helped the team earn a spot in the Class 2A West playoffs and challenge eventual 2A state champion Oakdale early in the contest. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "2019 Football Preview: Liberty looks to ‘establish a new identity’ this fall," 5 Sep. 2019 John Henry won a hammering contest against a steam driver. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 3, Bronko Nagurski," 31 Aug. 2019 One of the key moments in the contest will come in mid-October, when NACTOY jurors gather to compare the vehicles in Michigan. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Pickups, electric vehicles in fierce competition for year’s best vehicles," 10 Aug. 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

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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4 Oct 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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