• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒn.tɛst/
  • (America) enPR: kŏn'tĕst, IPA: /ˈkɑn.tɛst/
  • (British, America) enPR: kəntĕst', IPA: /kənˈtɛst/


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

  1. (intransitive) To contend.
    I will contest for the open seat on the board.
    • 1725, Homer; [Elijah Fenton], transl., “Book IV”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume I, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest?
    • The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.
    Synonyms: compete, contend, go in for
  2. (transitive) To call into question; to oppose.
    The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.
    • Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequently repeated, few more contested than this.
    Synonyms: call into question, oppose
    Antonyms: support
  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; to controvert.
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