- 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: French contester ; from Classical Latin contestari, to call to witness, bring action ; from com-, together plush 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
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- A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals.
- A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges. See Synonyms at conflict.
- To compete or strive for.
- To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge: contest a will. See Synonyms at oppose.
Origin: Probably 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.
- con·testˈa·ble adjective
- conˌtes·taˈtion noun
- con·testˈer noun