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 Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal Minutes later, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers suggested that under state law, Bevin could formally contest the election by calling a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Republican lawmakers: Bevin can't turn election dispute into 'fishing expedition'," 7 Nov. 2019 Catalonia’s future has never seemed as consequential—or as contested. National Geographic, "Why Spain’s wealthiest region wants independence," 1 Nov. 2019 There are restrictions on both sides, however, Prasad says: Indian researchers can’t go to Tibet, for instance, and those from China can’t visit contested border areas in Gujarat. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "Indian government tightens rules on academic collaboration with China," 17 Oct. 2019 Don’t laugh, do cry: The moment made for a moving statement on motherhood from someone whose status as a public parent has been all too questioned and contested. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Madonna at War," 20 Sep. 2019 State attorneys general contested the proposal, including Yost, and said the system would rob them of the power to represent all residents of their states. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma agrees to settle most lawsuits accusing company of fueling opioid epidemic, reports say," 11 Sep. 2019 Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike – who finished with 22 and 19 points, respectively – caused plenty of issues for the Fever early on, using their size to hit contested shots and scoring 16 of the Sparks first 18 points. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever show life late, fall short against Los Angeles Sparks, 90-84," 12 July 2019 Nominate a first responder in your life (or yourself!) for Good Housekeeping's Playing with Fire Hometown Heroes contest now through July 29. Andra Chantim And Hali Potters, Good Housekeeping, "John Cena Is Honoring Hometown Heroes in a Brand New Contest," 20 June 2019 Nine or 10 horses are expected to contest the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and three that will tackle the 1.5-mile race are sons of Tapit -- Bourbon War, Intrepid Heart and Tacitus. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 3 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wizardfest at Ludlow Garage Family-friendly wizarding experience features live DJ dance party, costume contest, photo booth, trivia and grand prize sweepstakes of a trip for 2 to London. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati: Nov. 15-17," 12 Nov. 2019 Impeachment aside, Sanford's campaign faced other hurdles as a handful of state parties canceled their primaries and other nominating contests, including in Sanford's home state of South Carolina, ahead of Trump's reelection effort. chicagotribune.com, "Republican Mark Sanford suspends GOP primary challenge to Trump," 12 Nov. 2019 The contest is hosted by the Ursuline College English Department and Inscape. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Bay Village residents invited to ‘Dessert and Dialogue’ event Nov. 19: West Shore Chatter," 12 Nov. 2019 The number: 69 — Entering play Tuesday, there had been 69 prior occurrences of a team facing the prior two Stanley Cup winners on the road in consecutive days, but the Coyotes became the first two win both such contests. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes top Blues in shootout to post historic back-to-back wins," 12 Nov. 2019 December features contests against the Bears, Rams and Eagles. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Michael Bennett on adjusting to Cowboys: After Patriots, learning any defense is easy," 12 Nov. 2019 In addition to the four-pack of championships, Parker teamed with Duncan and Ginobili to win 575 regular-season games and 126 playoff contests — both NBA records for a trio. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "“Bow on top of a car” as Spurs honor Tony Parker," 11 Nov. 2019 There will be tons of star power on the court and perhaps the only contest all season in which the Ducks are clearly overmatched in terms of talent. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Live score updates, analysis: Oregon women’s basketball vs. Team USA," 10 Nov. 2019 Denver South has not reported any team or player statistics from this contest. Hero Sports, The Denver Post, "Denver South survive barnburner against Gateway," 9 Nov. 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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Statistics for contest

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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for contest

The first known use of contest was in 1603

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More Definitions for contest

contest

verb
How to pronounce contest (audio) How to pronounce contest (audio)

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
How to pronounce contest (audio)

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.
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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