contest

[ noun kon-test; verb kuhn-test ]
/ noun ˈkɒn tɛst; verb kənˈtɛst /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to dispute; contend; compete.

QUIZZES

DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?

Origin of contest

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

synonym study for contest

2. See fight. 4. See compete.

OTHER WORDS FROM contest

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contest

contend, contest .
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for contest

British Dictionary definitions for contest

contest

noun (ˈkɒntɛst)

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

verb (kənˈtɛst)

(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 of contest

Word Origin for contest

C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012