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 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 On the other are those who believe the 1968 settlement needs contesting or dismantling: parts of the broader CDU, the liberal Free Democrats, but also the AfD and parts of the socialist Left party. The Economist, "The legacy of Germany’s student protests in 1968," 31 May 2018 The use of a fatsuit in flashback scenes was also widely contested. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Insatiable," the Controversial Netflix Series, Has Been Renewed for a Second Season," 13 Sep. 2018 The prestigious Level 1 tournament will also be contested at other sites throughout Orange County. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "SoCal Junior Sectionals tennis tournament begins Saturday," 16 June 2018 Some details of the prime minister’s own official biography have also been contested. The Economist, "Binyamin Netanyahu’s unofficial history," 2 May 2018 All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and about a third of the 100-member Senate's seats are being contested. Amanda Becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Annual deficit to top $1 trillion by 2020 as Congress cuts taxes and bumps spending, report says," 9 Apr. 2018 The Philippine Supreme Court opened a hearing Tuesday on a petition contesting Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the ICC. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte faces new ‘crimes against humanity’ complaint," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In December, Thailand will host the Miss Universe 2018 contest, and on Thursday, Singaporean newspaper the New Paper revealed the dress that Miss Universe Singapore 2018 winner Zahra Khanum would be wearing to the event. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Miss Universe Singapore’s pageant dress is a giant mural of Trump and Kim Jong Un shaking hands," 29 Nov. 2018 The job begins with three weeks of paid training from home and access to the employee recognition programs, contests, and events. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring 3,500 Work-From-Home Positions," 28 Aug. 2018 Throughout his two-day camp, Victor Oladipo and coaches will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills stations, contests, and games in a high-energy, fun, and positive environment. Indianapolis Star, "Attend Victor Oladipo Youth Basketball ProCamp," 12 July 2018 Conservatives currently have 316 members of parliament, so 48 of those would need to force a contest and half of them — 159 — would be needed to topple her. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 Other activities include live music by Just Jeannie, face painting, an inflatable slide, noodles, relays, a sandcastle contest and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 More than 8,000 photos were submitted to this year’s contest, and judges recently announced the winning images. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 For the holiday, the Bellino family’s festivities included a watermelon eating contest and a water balloon toss. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Alexis Bellino Says She's an 'Independent Woman' as She Sports Bikini After Divorce Announcement," 5 July 2018 Wednesday marks the final Rangers-Astros contest in Arlington, and the two teams will play their final series against each other later this month in Houston. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Rangers notes: Chris Martin returns from brief minor league stint," 4 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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11 Jan 2019

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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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