a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.
struggle for victory or superiority.
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.
- 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
- contend, contest
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How to use contest in a sentence
In each contest, the Republican candidate outperformed the GOP result from 2012 among women voters.
Judging the contest are four prominent figures in the adult entertainment business with years of experience.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality | Aurora Snow | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As we move beyond November and into the next big contest, there are clear and hard lessons to be learned.
In 1998, she was selected to represent Israel in the prestigious Eurovision contest, winning first place.Trans in the Holy Land: ‘Marzipan Flowers,’ Tal Kallai, and the Shattering of Israel’s LGBT Taboos | Itay Hod | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Polls show that in Maine, Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage is poised to win reelection in a three-way contest.
The place was well defended by earthworks and natural parapets, and for several hours the issue of the contest was doubtful.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
During the contest the dragons called up a great wind which uprooted the tree.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
All day long the contest lasted, men fighting hand to hand in a confused mle.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
After the battle was over General Lawton declared that it was the toughest contest they had yet undertaken in this war.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The contest was continued with great obstinacy till nightfall, when the rebels retired.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for contest
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
- contestable, adjective
- contestableness or contestability, noun
- contestably, adverb
- contestation, noun
- contester, noun
- contestingly, adverb
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