[ noun kon-test; verb kuhn-test ]
/ noun ˈkɒn tɛst; verb kənˈtɛst /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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
2. See fight. 4. See compete.
contend, contest
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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