What does contest mean?

Definitions for contest
ˈkɒn tɛst; kənˈtɛstcon·test

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contest, competitionnoun

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

  2. contestverb

    a struggle between rivals

  3. contest, contend, repugnverb

    to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

    "They contested the outcome of the race"

Wiktionary

  1. contestnoun

    controversy; debate

    no contest

  2. contestnoun

    struggle for superiority; combat

  3. contestnoun

    a competition

    The child entered the spelling contest.

  4. contestverb

    to contend

    I will contest for the open seat on the board.

  5. contestverb

    to call into question; to oppose

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

  6. Etymology: From contester, from contestor

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contestnoun

    Dispute; difference; debate.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    This of old no less contests did move,
    Than when for ’s birth sev’n cities strove. John Denham.

    A definition is the only way whereby the meaning of words can be known, without leaving room for contest about it. John Locke.

    Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamours, and brawling language. Isaac Watts.

  2. To CONTESTverb

    To dispute; to controvert; to litigate; to call in question.

    Etymology: contester, Fr. probably from contra testari, Latin.

    ’Tis evident, upon what account none have presumed to contest the proportion of these ancient pieces. John Dryden, Dufresn.

  3. To Contestverb

    Followed by with.

    The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory. Burnet.

    I do contest
    As hotly and as nobly with thy love,
    As ever in ambitious strength I did
    Contend against thy valour. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest,
    Unchang’d, immortal, and supremely blest? Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contestverb

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

  2. Contestverb

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

  3. Contestverb

    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. Contestverb

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

  5. Contestnoun

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

  6. Contestnoun

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contest

    kon-test′, v.t. to call in question or make the subject of dispute: to strive for.—n. Con′test, a struggle for superiority: strife: debate.—adj. Contest′able.—ns. Contest′ant, one who contests; Contestā′tion, the act of contesting: contest: strife: emulation.—p.adj. Contest′ed.—adv. Contest′ingly, by contest.—Contested election, an election for a member of parliament or the like, where more than one competitor offer themselves. [Fr.,—L. contestāri, to call to witness—con, and testāri, to be a witness—testis, a witness.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. contest

    In a military sense, to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground. Earnest struggle for superiority, defense, or the like; strife in arms.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contest in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of contest in a Sentence

  1. New York:

    He’s got a series of steps by league mandate he has to go through, so we’ll wait patiently and get the other guys ready as we wait on him. Hopefully, he’s out there to play. We won’t have a definite answer on that until much later in the week. The Rams should be well-rested as their previous game was Thursday, a 26-17 win in Seattle. The Rams have allowed the fewest sacks (four) in the NFL this season. The Giants has been good in this area, allowing eight sacks (tie for fifth-lowest). The over-under of 47.5 is the lowest for a Rams game this season. Rams coach Sean McVay is 2-2 in games after a Thursday night contest. The NFC West is a successful passing division. The Seahawks lead the NFL in yards per passing attempt (9.3), followed by the Cardinals and Rams at 9.2 The Giants are eighth at 8.1. SUN 1:00 PMNFLSPREADTO WINTOTALLOS ANGELES RAMS-9.5-500o49.0NEW YORK GIANTS+9.5+380u49. LOS ANGELES RAMS @ NEW YORK GIANTS (1 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX)Point spread:Rams -10.5 (favored to win by more 10.5 than points, otherwise Giants cover)Moneyline:Rams -556 favorite to win (bet $10 to win $11.80 total); Giants +425 underdog to win (bet $10 to win $52.50 total)Total scoring over/under:47.5 points scored by both teams combined Pick via FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd:.

  2. Tom Cole:

    We would feel really comfortable -- absent Paul Ryan -- if John Boehner remained until at least we got through those issues, and we had time to conduct a normal kind of (leadership) contest, and we could start with someone new in January or frankly at the beginning of the next term.

  3. American Joey Chestnut:

    I did a jalapeno contest once, and it was the only time I regretting doing a contest.

  4. Edward Gibbon:

    We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.

  5. Walter Savage Landor:

    Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.

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Translations for contest

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  • müsabiqəAzerbaijani
  • спор, споря, състезание, оспорвам, състезавам се, конкурсBulgarian
  • soutěžCzech
  • Wettkampf, Wettstreit, WettbewerbGerman
  • αμφισβητώ, διαγωνισμός, συναγωνισμόςGreek
  • konkursoEsperanto
  • cuestionar, debate, impugnar, competición, competencia, competir, oponerse, concursoSpanish
  • مسابقهPersian
  • kilpailla, kyseenalaistaa, tavoitella, vastustaa, kilpailu, riita, kritisoidaFinnish
  • compétition, concoursFrench
  • התחרה, תחרותHebrew
  • प्रतियोगिताHindi
  • մրցույթArmenian
  • concorsoItalian
  • 競争, コンテスト, コンクールJapanese
  • შეჯიბრიGeorgian
  • tauwhawhaiMāori
  • wedstrijdDutch
  • diskusjon, debatt, konkurranseNorwegian
  • konkurs, spór, debataPolish
  • competição, concurso, contender, questionar, contestarPortuguese
  • dezbatere, dispută, competiție, întrecere, controversăRomanian
  • соревнование, состязание, спор, конкурс, диспутRussian
  • shindano, mashindano, shindanaSwahili
  • చర్చనీయాంశము, పోటీలు, ఎదిరించు, పోటీ చేయుTelugu
  • การประกวดThai
  • yarışma, yarış, müsabakaTurkish

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