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

Both Walker and Icke have contested the idea that Icke is anti-Semitic. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 The Brooklyn machine contested her victory and sued, arguing that there had been voting irregularities. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Before Ocasio-Cortez, the Elizabeth Holtzman Effect," 5 July 2018 Suits filed elsewhere are also contesting those revocation. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Judge allows immigrants with protected status to sue Trump administration," 25 June 2018 In signing the consent order, Riley did not contest the charges against her before the Connecticut board. courant.com, "Nursing Board Disciplines Five Nurses," 20 June 2018 Disney is once again contesting its tax bill for 11 properties, including the Grand Floridian Resort, according to three new lawsuits filed in Orange County. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney fights over latest tax bill for Grand Floridian, other properties," 18 June 2018 Williams, who gave birth in September, contests a first grand slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of pregnancy. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open 2018: Maria Sharapova wins on return as Rafael Nadal tested," 29 May 2018 In August, Simpkins became one of the few people to contest a seizure, filing papers demanding return of $2,152. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi police took property without legal authority," 9 Oct. 2018 The lunar lander program management issue is not the only one that NASA's human spaceflight centers are likely to contest this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Texas lawmakers press NASA to base lunar lander program in Houston," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The contest is held at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline, a reef break that produces epically large and dangerous waves on the North Shore of Oahu. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 Google’s lunar moonshot contest may be dead, but that’s not stopping one company from trying to complete the goal anyway. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Private Mission Hopes to Reach the Lunar Surface Without Help from Any Governments," 19 Feb. 2019 She was cast in the role after winning a talent contest sponsored by the Australian magazine Dolly. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Adelaide Kane: The Australian Star of Hallmark's 'A Midnight Kiss'," 29 Dec. 2018 But the white establishment couldn’t stand for this one poor black guy to win this contest in 1958. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County owes Virgil Hawkins recognition and a thank you for role in civil rights struggle," 12 July 2018 In presidential contests, the state has voted Republican every year since 1952, with the exception of Democrat Bill Clinton in 1996. Joshua Jamerson And Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Arizona GOP Sen. Kyl Will Resign Dec. 31," 14 Dec. 2018 Congressional candidates who lost in close contests inspired us, such as M.J. Hegar and Amy McGrath—female military vets who took on seemingly unwinnable fights against incumbents deep in the heart of red America—once again put service above self. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 The two parties each posted wins on Election Day, with Democrats taking over at least 26 seats in the House to give them the majority as Republicans held onto important Senate seats in high-profile contests in Florida and Texas. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Democrats take the House, San Francisco votes for a homelessness tax on big business," 7 Nov. 2018 Maybe Nintendo would have given such memory cards away in contests. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo hid a load-your-own NES emulator inside a GameCube classic," 12 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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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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