- 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.
contest definition by Webster's New World
- 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
contest definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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