Definitions for: Contest

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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;

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.

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.

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

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