American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals.
- n. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges. See Synonyms at conflict.
- v. To compete or strive for.
- v. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge: contest a will. See Synonyms at oppose.
- v. To struggle or compete; contend: contested with other bidders for the antique.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a subject of emulation, contention, or dispute; enter into a competition for; compete or strive for: as, to contest a prize; to contest an election (see contested).
- To contend or strive for in arms; fight or do battle for; strive to win or hold; struggle to defend: as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
- . To argue in opposition to; controvert; litigate; oppose; call in question; challenge; dispute: as, the advocate contested every point; his right to the property was contested in the courts.
- Synonyms. To debate, challenge.
- . To strive; contend; dispute: followed by with.
- . To vie; strive in rivalry.
- n. . Strife; struggle for victory or superiority, or in defense; a struggle in arms.
- n. . Dispute; debate; controversy; strife in argument; disagreement.
- n. Synonyms Conflict, Combat, etc. (see battle), encounter. See strife.2. Altercation; dissension; quarrel.
- n. uncountable Controversy; debate.
- n. uncountable Struggle for superiority; combat.
- n. countable A competition.
- v. intransitive To contend.
- v. transitive To call into question; to oppose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
- v. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend.
- v. (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.
- v. To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by
- n. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
- n. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter.
- n. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
- n. a struggle between rivals
- v. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
- From Late Old French contester, from Latin contestor ("to call to witness") (Wiktionary)
- Probably from French conteste, from contester, to dispute, from Old French, to call to witness, from Latin contestārī : com-, com- + testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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