[ noun kon-test; verb kuhn-test ]
/ noun ˈkɒn tɛst; verb kənˈtɛst /
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to dispute; contend; compete.
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Origin of contest
OTHER WORDS FROM contest
con·test·a·ble, adjectivecon·test·a·ble·ness, nouncon·test·a·bly, adverbcon·test·er, noun
con·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contestcontend, contest .
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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
Derived forms of contest
contestable, adjectivecontestableness or contestability, nouncontestably, adverbcontestation, noun
contester, nouncontestingly, adverb
Word Origin for contest
C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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