Definitions for contest
ˈkɒn tɛst; kənˈtɛstcon·test
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word contest.
an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
a struggle between rivals
contest, contend, repugnverb
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
"They contested the outcome of the race"
struggle for superiority; combat
The child entered the spelling contest.
I will contest for the open seat on the board.
to call into question; to oppose
The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.
Etymology: From contester, from contestor
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
A contest is a competitive event or challenge in which participants battle against each other to win a prize or gain recognition. It can take various forms including games, sports, writing or talent competitions. The winner is determined by a set criteria or an independent judge.
to make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute
to strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground
to make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert
to engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with
earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation
earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter
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
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
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'contest' in Nouns Frequency: #2068
The numerical value of contest in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of contest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
I mean, I'll spend several months out of the year just doing nothing but working on this painting for this contest, and most of the years, for most of the artists in the contest, you don't--if you don't win, you lose, and it gets hard to take that time and time and time again. Some people enter for 20, 30 years without ever even coming close. i never get sick of painting them. There will be times where I'm about halfway through and I'm kind of sick of that particular painting because I just want it to be done, especially when it's still, like, in, sort of, the ugly stage because my favorite part is just doing the final touches where it actually looks nice. So there's times where I don't really feel like finishing it. But other than that, no, I never get tired of doing it, and I always look forward to picking my nextpainting for the next year and trying to decide how I want to design it.
When you are in any contest you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
The Charlotte mayoral contest will be decided based on who can best promote public safety, provide economic development and improve critical infrastructure needs. This contest will not be decided based on the skin color of the candidates, any suggestion that a candidate is more or less qualified for political office based on their skin color alone, offensive to North Carolina Republicans and we condemn it. This type of suggestion has no place in our public discourse.
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- спор, споря, състезание, оспорвам, състезавам се, конкурсBulgarian
- Wettkampf, Wettstreit, WettbewerbGerman
- αμφισβητώ, διαγωνισμός, συναγωνισμόςGreek
- cuestionar, debate, impugnar, competición, competencia, competir, oponerse, concursoSpanish
- kilpailla, kyseenalaistaa, tavoitella, vastustaa, kilpailu, riita, kritisoidaFinnish
- compétition, concoursFrench
- התחרה, תחרותHebrew
- 競争, コンテスト, コンクールJapanese
- 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
- yarışma, yarış, müsabakaTurkish
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