Definitions for contestˈkɒn tɛst; kənˈtɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•test*ˈkɒn tɛst; kənˈtɛst(n.; v.)

  1. a competition between rivals, as for a prize.

  2. struggle for victory or superiority.

  3. dispute.

  4. (v.t.)to struggle or fight for, as in battle.

  5. dispute.

  6. to call in question; challenge.

  7. to contend.

  8. (v.i.)to dispute; contend.

* Syn: See compete.

Origin of contest:

1595–1605; < L contestāri to call to witness (in a lawsuit) =con-con - +testārī to testify


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contest, competition(noun)

    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

  2. contest(verb)

    a struggle between rivals

  3. contest, contend, repugn(verb)

    to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

    "They contested the outcome of the race"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. contest(noun)ˈkɒn tɛst; v. kənˈtɛst

    a competition to determine who is best

    a contest to see who was stronger

  2. contestˈkɒn tɛst; v. kənˈtɛst

    a competition for power


  1. contest(Noun)

    controversy; debate

    no contest

  2. contest(Noun)

    struggle for superiority; combat

  3. contest(Noun)

    a competition

    The child entered the spelling contest.

  4. contest(Verb)

    to contend

    I will contest for the open seat on the board.

  5. contest(Verb)

    to call into question; to oppose

    The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.

  6. Origin: From contester, from contestor

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contest(verb)

    to make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute

  2. Contest(verb)

    to strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground

  3. Contest(verb)

    to make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert

  4. Contest(verb)

    to engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with

  5. Contest(noun)

    earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation

  6. Contest(noun)

    earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter


  1. Contest

    Contest is the self-published first novel by Australian thriller writer Matthew Reilly. In 1996, after being rejected by several Australian publishing houses, Reilly personally paid for 1000 copies of the book to be published privately under the label of 'Karanadon Entertainment', and sold them himself. Before publishing the novel in North America, Reilly rewrote most of the novel, placing the contest in the New York Library, rather than a fictitious library, and added descriptions of and encounters with the other contestants to improve his story.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'contest' in Nouns Frequency: #2068

Translations for contest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a struggle, competition etc to gain an advantage or victory

a sporting contest.

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