Definition of contest in English:


Line breaks: con|test


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntɛst
  • 1An event in which people compete for supremacy in a sport or other activity, or in a quality: a tennis contest
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    • Festivals are based on contests and events such as poetry readings, sports, and other activities.
    • The technical events include quiz contests, an on-the-spot hardware design contest and a hardware debugging contest.
    • Over 25 events, including contests, classes and fun games, will be held.
  • 1.1A competition for a political position: a leadership contest
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    • It is also the outcome of the calculated political manipulation of the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    • Watching the Conservative Party leadership contest, political neutrals are unsure whether to laugh or cry.
    • Then, presidential candidates can't ignore the early political contests in New Hampshire and Iowa, or can they?
  • 1.2A dispute or conflict: a contest between traditional and liberal views
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    • Part B concentrates on such contests and disputes, exploring them more systematically than did the prior materials.
    • I don't at this stage, and I never have thought, that it's constructive to characterise it as a conflict or a contest.
    • The contest over tropes of traditional Africa and measures of authenticity in postcolonial arts and politics can be thought of in a similar manner.
    struggle, conflict, confrontation, collision, clash, battle, fight, combat, tussle, skirmish, duel, race


Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛst
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no contest

  • 1chiefly US another term for nolo contendere. he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts
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    • Of the approximately 77,000 defendants convicted on federal charges in 2001, 97 percent pleaded guilty or no contest.
    • He pled no contest and will receive 18 months probation.
    • This comes, of course, less than a month after Jenna pled no contest to alcohol possession, after she was picked up in sweep of nightclubs by the city police.
  • 2A decision by the referee to declare a boxing match invalid on the grounds that one or both of the boxers are not making serious efforts.
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    • In their first meeting Aug.28, 1998 in Las Vegas, the fight ended in the fourth round as a no contest when the referee the fighters from a clinch on the ropes.
    • His last foray into the ring was in February when his fight with Raul was declared a no contest.
    • The match was ruled no contest when Triple H ran in to help X-Pac.
  • 2.1A competition, comparison, or choice of which the outcome is a foregone conclusion: when the two teams faced each other it was no contest
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    • He threw in a few attention-seeking barbs, but as a popularity competition, it was no contest.
    • There is absolutely no contest comparing the new soundtrack to the old.
    • But a torch to compete with blazing headlights is no contest.



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  • Some were surprised to hear him enthusiastically espouse the private sector and contestability at the launch.
  • To develop the discussion of natural monopoly and contestability, it is important to introduce three additional economic concepts: internal cross-subsidy, avoidable costs, and shared costs.
  • And it has introduced real contestability of policy advice.


Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛstəb(ə)l/
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  • She says the assumptions of the rational actor model underlying classical contract theory are ‘arguably contestable.’
  • At the same time, some feminists have sought to impose a particular social vision, even though their own views are highly controversial and contestable.
  • Except that we received much more challenging and contestable papers that opened up the question of culture by showing it rather than saying it.


Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛstəbli/
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  • The online component is contestably where the full version of Bandits will really excel.
  • Here, the better-off agree to bear the burden of at least partly redressing what is widely, but contestably, called social injustice.
  • They have an electoral mountain to climb - it would take two exceptional General Election results for them to reduce Labour's landslide to a contestably thin majority.


Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛstə/
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  • That practice has stopped when parents / contesters decided to move courts.
  • Contesting a patent creates many benefits, and the contester gets only a fraction of them.
  • She suggests that sports ‘both objectify social divisions and nationalist sentiments and point to an alliance between contesters, a shared fanaticism’.


late 16th century (as a verb in the sense 'swear to, attest'): from Latin contestari 'call upon to witness, initiate (by calling witnesses)', from con- 'together' + testare 'to witness'. The senses 'wrangle, struggle for' arose in the early 17th century, whence the current noun and verb senses.

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