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contest

[n. kon-test; v. kuh n-test] /n. ˈkɒn tɛst; v. kənˈtɛst/
noun
1.
a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.
2.
struggle for victory or superiority.
3.
strife in argument; dispute; controversy:
Their marriage was marred by perpetual contest.
verb (used with object)
4.
to struggle or fight for, as in battle.
5.
to argue against; dispute:
to contest a controversial question; to contest a will.
6.
to call in question:
They contested his right to speak.
7.
to contend for in rivalry.
verb (used without object)
8.
to dispute; contend; compete.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; (v.) < Latin contestāri to call to witness (in a lawsuit), equivalent to con- con- + testārī to testify, derivative of testis witness; (noun) derivative of the v., or < French conteste
Related forms
contestable, adjective
contestableness, noun
contestably, adverb
contester, noun
contestingly, adverb
precontest, verb (used with object)
precontest, noun
recontest, verb
subcontest, noun
supercontest, noun
supercontest, verb (used with object)
uncontestable, adjective
uncontestably, adverb
uncontested, adjective
uncontestedly, adverb
well-contested, adjective
Can be confused
contend, contest.
Synonyms
1. contention, rivalry, match, tournament, tourney, game. 2. battle, encounter. See fight. 3. debate, polemic, altercation. 4. See compete. 5. controvert, oppose. 6. challenge. 7. strive, compete, vie.
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Examples from the web for contest
  • Time yourself and challenge your friends to solve these jigsaw puzzles featuring submissions to the photo contest.
  • The site allows anyone to create an online contest in any of a number of categories.
  • Every spring, my small public university holds a contest.
  • Yet the contest may not turn out to be so gladiatorial.
  • Five college students were named as finalists today in a video contest to encourage students to use credit cards sparingly.
  • She herself is set to contest by-elections, which due to be held soon.
  • Since the contest is completed for this year, enjoy the winners and gear up to enter next year.
  • For our photo contest this week, we're taking it back to basics.
  • But when the contest concludes, each intricately engineered abode returns to its respective college, where many are dismantled.
  • The contest has been held in anticipation of a new era of pylon building.
British Dictionary definitions for contest

contest

noun (ˈkɒntɛst)
1.
a formal game or match in which two or more people, teams, etc, compete and attempt to win
2.
a struggle for victory between opposing forces or interests
verb (kənˈtɛst)
3.
(transitive) to try to disprove; call in question
4.
when intr, foll by with or against. to fight, dispute, or contend (with): contest an election
Derived Forms
contestable, adjective
contestableness, contestability, noun
contestably, adverb
contestation, noun
contester, noun
contestingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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Word Origin and History for contest
v.

c.1600, from French contester "dispute, oppose," from Middle French, from Latin contestari (litem) "to call to witness, bring action," from com- "together" (see com-) + testari "to bear witness," from testis "a witness," (see testament). Calling witnesses as the first step in a legal combat. Related: Contestable; contested; contesting.

n.

1640s, from contest (v.).

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