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1 an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants [syn: competition]
2 a struggle between rivals v : to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race" [syn: contend, repugn]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl fro contestere, from etyl la contestor


  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈkɒntɛst/, /"kQntEst/
    • (US): kŏn'tĕst, /ˈkɑntɛst/, /"kAntEst/
  • (verb): kəntĕst', /kənˈtɛst/, /k@n"tEst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


  1. controversy; debate
    no contest
  2. struggle for superiority; combat
  3. a competition
    The child entered the spelling contest.



  • Czech: soutěž
  • French: concours
  • German: Wettkampf
  • Hebrew: תחרות (takharut)
  • Italian: concorso


  1. to contend
    I will contest for the open seat on the board.
  2. to call into question; to oppose
    The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.





Extensive Definition

Contest may refer to:
  • A contest, is an event in which two or more individuals or teams compete against each other, often for a prize or similar incentive.
  • to contest, in law, is to disagree with a civil or criminal legal charge in court.
  • Contest, a commune of the Mayenne département, in France.
  • Contest, a novel by Australian Author Matthew Reilly.
  • The Con Test, an Australian game show which airs on Network Ten.
  • The Contest, an episode from the US sitcom Seinfeld.
  • Contest (ship), an Australian ship sunk in 1807.

See also

contest in Japanese: コンテスト

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