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

Few Americans will be aware that ten finalist countries are currently contesting the quadrennial Cricket World Cup, followed by 2bn people in those countries alone. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 Elections judges started on Thursday morning with Republican provisional ballots that were not contested. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Results in Democratic Baltimore County executive race not expected until at least Friday," 5 July 2018 The nearby suburb of Highland Park passed a similar ban in 2013, which was contested as unconstitutional by one of the city's residents and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Illinois town votes to ban assault rifles, fine violators up to $1,000 per day," 4 Apr. 2018 The interface where utterly flexible law and policy moves against the more rigid statistical uncertainties of scientific observation has always been contested space. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "In the Courtroom, Climate Science Needs Substance—and Style," 21 Mar. 2018 That clause was heavily contested in talks before iHeart filed for court protection, a company lawyer said during a bankruptcy hearing on Thursday in Houston. Emma Orr, Bloomberg.com, "iHeart Creditors Are Open to Bids Including Liberty’s," 16 Mar. 2018 At the same time, there are two dozen House Republicans up for re-election in districts Clinton won — and Democrats plan to contest many more than that. NBC News, "Endangered House GOP members can't run from Trump fast enough. In the Senate, it's different.," 6 May 2018 Few issues are as hotly contested as what women should wear to the office. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Season’s Must-Have Accessory Is Already on Your Desk," 28 Mar. 2019 And then, buried deep within it, is this paragraph: WHEREAS, At the same time that Gritty brings people together, the divisions in our current political and cultural life have rendered Gritty contested territory. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The vehicles then took off at a high rate of speed in a contest and exhibition of vehicle speed. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 Nowhere is that two-tiered race clearer than in Iowa, the state that kicks off the primary contest and where voters expect their candidates to visit early and often. New York Times, "Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through," 9 June 2019 Hosted by azcentral, Sunday night's show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from Cardinals running back David Johnson. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "LIVE: Watch the azcentral Sports Awards from ASU Gammage," 9 June 2019 Among the activities Fangio planned instead of practice: Basketball shootout, chipping (golf) contest and a dunk tank. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos coach Vic Fangio cancels final mini-camp practice," 6 June 2019 Star playmaker Christian Pulisic will join the squad ahead of the contest, and Berhalter will likely play his first unit. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "USMNT loses to Jamaica, 1-0, in Gold Cup tuneup as reserves deliver poor performance," 6 June 2019 The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column, published late Thursday afternoon, discusses each new contest and set of results. Washington Post, "Write a short poem — or a Q-A joke — using a National Spelling Bee word," 6 June 2019 Entertainment, food, contests and children’s activities. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Six fun SF Bay Area ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2019," 6 June 2019 The Warriors defense was outstanding in the second half of that contest, and Toronto may need to find a way to loosen it up if that continues in Game 3. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "NBA Finals Roundtable: Picking the Best Adjustments in Advance of Game 3," 4 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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14 Jun 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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