- 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.
- to dispute; contend; compete.
Origin of contest
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Examples from the Web for contesting
While he is not contesting the Jan. 22 election, Olmert remains politically active.Explosive Allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
January 16, 2013
Like Sarkozy, Hollande has been contesting elections since his 20s.Can Sarkozy Survive?
October 17, 2011
This was, ultimately, a naked power struggle between two opposite poles with contesting visions of an Islamic republic.The Thugs Who Lead Iran's Supreme Leader
June 27, 2009
The track was now so dusty that it was difficult to see the contesting cars.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
This was, on the other hand, an age of city-states, each one contesting for leadership.
Better give your path to a dog than to be bitten by him in contesting for the right.The Wonderful Story of Lincoln
Charles M. Stevens
Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right.Abraham Lincoln
William Eleroy Curtis
By contesting every foot of ground the enemy was checked till night.Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.
W. Fletcher Johnson
- 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
Word Origin and History for contesting
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.
1640s, from contest (v.).