- (British) IPA: /ˈkɒn.tɛst/
- (America) enPR: kŏn'tĕst, IPA: /ˈkɑn.tɛst/
- (British, America) enPR: kəntĕst', IPA: /kənˈtɛst/
- (uncountable) Controversy; debate.
- no contest
- Synonyms: controversy, debate, discussion
- (uncountable) Struggle for superiority; combat.
- Synonyms: battle, combat, fight
- (countable) A competition.
- The child entered the spelling contest.
- Synonyms: competition, pageant
- French: concours, compétition
- German: Wettkampf, Wettbewerb, Wettstreit
- Italian: concorso
- Portuguese: concurso, competição
- Russian: ко́нкурс
- Spanish: concurso, competencia, competición
contest (contests, present participle contesting; past and past participle contested)
- (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
- (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
- (transitive) 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.
- German: hinterfragen, infrage stellen, in Frage stellen, bestreiten, abstreiten, sich widersetzen
- Portuguese: contestar, questionar
- Spanish: cuestionar, impugnar, oponerse