contest

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French contester, from Old French, from Latin contestor (to call to witness).

PronunciationEdit

Noun

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒn.tɛst/
  • (US) enPR: kŏn'tĕst, IPA(key): /ˈkɑn.tɛst/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒntɛst

Verb

NounEdit

contest (countable and uncountable, plural contests)

  1. (uncountable) Controversy; debate.
    Synonyms: controversy, debate, discussion
    no contest
  2. (uncountable) Struggle for superiority; combat.
    Synonyms: battle, combat, fight
  3. (countable) A competition.
    Synonyms: competition, pageant
    The child entered the spelling contest.

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contest (third-person singular simple present contests, present participle contesting, simple past and past participle contested)

  1. (intransitive) To contend.
    Synonyms: compete, contend, go in for
    I will contest for the open seat on the board.
  2. (transitive) To call into question; to oppose.
    Synonyms: call into question, oppose
    Antonym: support
    The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.
    • 1848, John Daniel Morell, Historical and Critical View of the Speculative Philosophy of Europe in the Nineteenth Century
      Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequently repeated, few more contested than this.
  3. (transitive) To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend.
    The troops contested every inch of ground.
  4. (law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist, as a claim, by course of law.
    Synonym: controvert

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