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Meaning of CONTEST

Pronunciation:  [n]'kântest, [v]kun'test

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a struggle between rivals
  2. [n]  an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  3. [v]  to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"

CONTEST is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: competition, contend, repugn
 See Also: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, battle of wits, bidding contest, challenge, chicken, cliffhanger, competition, contention, dispute, field trial, gainsay, game, match, oppose, playoff, popularity contest, race, rivalry, series, social event, spelldown, spelling bee, spelling contest, tournament, tourney, trial



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*test"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contested}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Contesting}.] [F. contester, fr. L. contestari to
    call to witness, contestari litem to introduce a lawsuit by
    calling witnesses, to bring an action; con- + testari to be a
    witness, testic witness. See {Testify}.]
    1. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or
       emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to
       controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
             The people . . . contested not what was done.
             Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequenty
             repeated, few more contested than this. --J. D.
    2. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to
       defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
    3. (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.
    {To contest an election}. (Polit.)
       (a) To strive to be elected.
       (b) To dispute the declared result of an election.
    Syn: To dispute; controvert; debate; litigate; oppose; argue;
  2. \Con*test"\, v. i.
    To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive;
    to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with.
          The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of
          contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.
                                                   --Bp. Burnet.
          Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest? --Pope.
  3. \Con"test\, n.
    1. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate;
             Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamors and
             brawling language.                    --I. Watts.
    2. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.;
       competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat;
             The late battle had, in effect, been a contest
             between one usurper and another.      --Hallam.
             It was fully expected that the contest there would
             be long and fierce.                   --Macaulay.
    Syn: Conflict; combat; battle; encounter; shock; struggle;
         dispute; altercation; debate; controvesy; difference;
         disagreement; strife.
    Usage: {Contest}, {Conflict}, {Combat}, {Encounter}. Contest
           is the broadest term, and had originally no reference
           to actual fighting. It was, on the contrary, a legal
           term signifying to call witnesses, and hence came to
           denote first a struggle in argument, and then a
           struggle for some common object between opposing
           parties, usually one of considerable duration, and
           implying successive stages or acts. Conflict denotes
           literally a close personal engagement, in which sense
           it is applied to actual fighting. It is, however, more
           commonly used in a figurative sense to denote
           strenuous or direct opposition; as, a mental conflict;
           conflicting interests or passions; a conflict of laws.
           An encounter is a direct meeting face to face. Usually
           it is a hostile meeting, and is then very nearly
           coincident with conflict; as, an encounter of opposing
           hosts. Sometimes it is used in a looser sense; as,
           ``this keen encounter of our wits.'' --Shak. Combat is
           commonly applied to actual fighting, but may be used
           figuratively in reference to a strife or words or a
           struggle of feeling.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you enter or are in a contest indicates the need to prove yourself as worthy and deserving. If you win the contest, then it represents your self-confidence, pride, and/or conceit. If you lose the contest, then it indicates a lack of self-esteem. You may not be fully applying yourself to the task at hand.
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