contest [ noun kon-test; verb k uh n- test] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize. struggle for victory or superiority. strife in argument; dispute; controversy: Their marriage was marred by perpetual contest. to struggle or fight for, as in battle. to argue against; dispute: to contest a controversial question; to contest a will. to call in question: They contested his right to speak. to contend for in rivalry. verb (used without object) to dispute; contend; compete. Origin of contest 1595–1605;
to call to witness (in a lawsuit), equivalent to
, derivative of
witness; (noun) derivative of the v., or <
French conteste Related forms con·test·a·ble, adjective con·test·a·ble·ness, noun con·test·a·bly, adverb con·test·er, noun con·test·ing·ly, adverb pre·con·test, verb (used with object) pre·con·test, noun re·con·test, verb sub·con·test, noun su·per·con·test, noun su·per·con·test, verb (used with object) un·con·test·a·ble, adjective un·con·test·a·bly, adverb un·con·test·ed, adjective un·con·test·ed·ly, adverb well-con·test·ed, adjective Synonyms See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 1. contention, rivalry, match, tournament, tourney, game. 2. battle, encounter. 3. debate, polemic, altercation. 5. controvert, oppose. 6. challenge. 7. strive, compete, vie.
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British Dictionary definitions for contested a formal game or match in which two or more people, teams, etc, compete and attempt to win a struggle for victory between opposing forces or interests (tr) to try to disprove; call in question (when intr, ) foll by with or against to fight, dispute, or contend (with) contest an election Derived Forms contestable, adjective contestableness or 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 contested adj.
1670s, past participle adjective from
contest (v.). Of elections, from 1771, American English. 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.
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