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Contest meaning

contest - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
  2. 2. To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.
  3. 3. To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with.
  4. 4. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
  5. 5. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter.
  6. 6. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
  7. 7. [ as in to contest a will] To oppose, dispute or challenge through formal or legal procedures. For example, the defendant in a lawsuit almost always contests the case made by the plaintiff. Or, a disgruntled relative may formally contest the provisions of a will.
  8. 8. A dispute; strife; debate.
  9. 9. To call in question; dispute; resist.

contest - examples of usage

  1. Here you'll find the best photo contests and meet like-minded photographers.
  2. We lay wounded together for some time, during a hard contest that took place near at hand. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. As might have been expected, it was entirely composed of those, who either in a civil or military capacity, had distinguished themselves in the late contest. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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