contest[kən test′; for n. kän′test′]
- The definition of a contest is an event in which people compete to be considered the winner or to win some prize or recognition.
An example of a contest is a competitive game where people try to guess the number of beans in a jar, or a competitive game where people try to throw a ball the farthest.
- To contest is to dispute or fight for something.
When you argue that someone has made an incorrect or bad conclusion, this is an example of contest.
- to try to disprove or invalidate (something) as by argument or legal action; dispute: to contest a will
- to fight for (ground, a military position, etc.); struggle to win or keep
Origin of contestFrench contester ; from Classical Latin contestari, to call to witness, bring action ; from com-, together + testari, to bear witness ; from testis, a witness: see testify
- a fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
- any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
- A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals: England's contest with Spain for domination of the seas.
- A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges: a spelling contest.
verbcon·test·ed, con·test·ing, con·tests
- To compete or strive for; struggle to gain or control: trade routes that were contested by competing cultures.
- To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge: contest a will. See Synonyms at oppose.
- Sports To defend against (a shot), as in basketball.
Origin of contestProbably from French conteste, from contester, to dispute, from Old French, to call to witness, from Latin contestārī : com-, com- + testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural contests)
(third-person singular simple present contests, present participle contesting, simple past and past participle contested)
- (intransitive) To contend.
- 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.
- To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend.
- The troops contested every inch of ground.
- (law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist, as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.