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

O’Dwyer and Renkin said that foreign companies had in recent years played a significant role in contesting nationalistic governments stances on LGBT rights in the region. Washington Post, "Coca-Cola featured same-sex couples in a Hungarian ad campaign. That has triggered calls for a boycott.," 6 Aug. 2019 Debates over his style of play on offense have raged in recent months, with critics hoping to see quicker decisions and more aggressive drives to the hoop rather than ball-pounding and contested long twos. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "The NBA’s big stars passed on USA Basketball. Here’s what the roster could look like.," 5 Aug. 2019 What the August schedule will be telling second-year head coach Carmen Solis is that there is precious little time between the practice matches and the matches that will determine if the Lady Eagles can contest for a state playoff berth. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Lady Eagles welcome new volleyball campaign with scrimmages Saturday, Monday," 31 July 2019 Herro will likely have to place extra effort in moving his feet laterally on defense and use every bit of those outstretched arms to deflect passes, poke the ball away from dribblers and contest shots. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Rookie Tyler Herro knows defense will be key to cracking Heat rotation," 30 July 2019 Then on Sunday, the peloton will undergo the leisurely procession into Paris, which only the sprinters will contest vigorously. Editors, USA TODAY, "Delta Aquariid meteor shower, Tour de France, Shark Week: 5 things to know this weekend," 27 July 2019 This is the first parliamentary poll since the Diet approved a resolution urging all parties to try to field more female candidates: 28% of the 370 people contesting seats on July 21st are women, a record. The Economist, "Japan’s dull election is a sign of ailing politics," 20 July 2019 Fort Worth can't replace fired police Chief Joel Fitzgerald for at least for 14 days while the former department boss contests his dismissal, a judge has ruled. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Fort Worth must wait to replace fired police chief while he fights dismissal, judge rules," 19 July 2019 But the company lost a legal challenge last week contesting the terms of the bid and alleging the Pentagon had crafted unfair requirements and that there were conflicts of interest involving Amazon. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "Trump Says He’s Getting Complaints That the Pentagon’s Cloud Contract Competition Favors Amazon," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The family-friendly event will include refreshments, a pie contest and silent auction as well as a children’s duck pond game with prizes. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters kick off sports season with spirit rally: West Shore Chatter," 6 Aug. 2019 Arenado went deep again the fifth frame, giving the Rockies third baseman his third multi-homer contest of 2019 and the 18th multi-homer performance of his career. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Kyle Freeland notches first win at Coors Field since April as Rockies top Giants," 4 Aug. 2019 After a meet and greet/book signing from 2 to 3 p.m., there will be a themed photo booth, social media contests and free popcorn and lemonade (for the first 100 guests). Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: A dating app’s launch, a pool party and more things to do," 2 Aug. 2019 In addition to costume contests and gaming tournaments, the weekend includes arcades, anime screenings, souvenir shopping and panels and performances. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Celebrating heritage, surfing and anime at weekend events near L.A.," 31 July 2019 The fault line that was exposed between left and center now fully defines the Democratic nomination contest and will continue to do so as the candidates move through the summer and fall and head toward the primaries and caucuses early next year. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Democrats’ ideological divisions break into the open in debate," 31 July 2019 Much of the photo industry condemns game farms, and photos from them are prohibited in high-profile photo contests and most major magazines, including National Geographic. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 The Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, cooking contests and music and is a decades-old staple in the city. Kathleen Ronayne, BostonGlobe.com, "Child, teen among those killed in California festival shooting," 29 July 2019 The new Chancellor of the Exchequer is Sajid Javid, who came fourth in the leadership contest and, contrary to the others, backed Remain in the 2016 referendum. Marie Le Conte, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s cabinet shows us exactly what kind of leader he will be," 25 July 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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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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