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


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to dispute; contend; compete.

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 forms

Can be confused

contend contest

Synonym study

2. See fight. 4. See compete. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contesting


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

Word Origin for contest

C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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