verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of contest
Examples from the Web for contest
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|DAILY BEAST
In 1998, she was selected to represent Israel in the prestigious Eurovision contest, winning first place.
And as for Landrieu, as I said, it seems to look still as if her contest is headed to a run-off.
Despite these financial disadvantages, Grimes has kept the contest fairly close.
But before the national pundits and prognosticators write off the Kentucky contest, they should hold their horses.Those Alison Lundergan Grimes Obituaries Were Premature—She’s Hanging On|Jonathan Miller|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They scramble at their meals; and the one that is not able to contest for his share is certain to get the least.The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Sir Robert was forced to give up the contest and be shelved with a peerage.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
But Harvard held well, and the contest was a fairly even one for twenty minutes.The Patient Observer|Simeon Strunsky
A patentee who assigns his patent cannot, when sued for infringement, contest the validity thereof.Practical Pointers for Patentees|Franklin Cresee
In a contest like this, will she allow herself to be vanquished?Jane Talbot|Charles Brockden Brown
Word Origin for contest
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.).