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[noun kon-test; verb kuhn-test]
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  1. a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.
  2. struggle for victory or superiority.
  3. strife in argument; dispute; controversy: Their marriage was marred by perpetual contest.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to struggle or fight for, as in battle.
  2. to argue against; dispute: to contest a controversial question; to contest a will.
  3. to call in question: They contested his right to speak.
  4. to contend for in rivalry.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to dispute; contend; compete.
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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
Related formscon·test·a·ble, adjectivecon·test·a·ble·ness, nouncon·test·a·bly, adverbcon·test·er, nouncon·test·ing·ly, adverbpre·con·test, verb (used with object)pre·con·test, nounre·con·test, verbsub·con·test, nounsu·per·con·test, nounsu·per·con·test, verb (used with object)un·con·test·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·test·a·bly, adverbun·con·test·ed, adjectiveun·con·test·ed·ly, adverbwell-con·test·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcontend contest

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2. See fight. 4. See compete.
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Related Words for contested

debated, impugned, questioned, challenged

British Dictionary definitions for contested


noun (ˈkɒntɛst)
  1. a formal game or match in which two or more people, teams, etc, compete and attempt to win
  2. a struggle for victory between opposing forces or interests
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verb (kənˈtɛst)
  1. (tr) to try to disprove; call in question
  2. (when intr, foll by with or against) to fight, dispute, or contend (with)contest an election
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Derived Formscontestable, adjectivecontestableness or contestability, nouncontestably, adverbcontestation, nouncontester, nouncontestingly, adverb

Word Origin for contest

C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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Word Origin and History for contested


1670s, past participle adjective from contest (v.). Of elections, from 1771, American English.

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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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1640s, from contest (v.).

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