con·test /kənˈtɛst, ˈkɑnˌ/
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.
1. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
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; encounter.
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.
Con·test v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contested; p. pr. & vb. n. Contesting.]
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. --Locke.
Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequenty repeated, few more contested than this. --J. D. Morell.
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; contend.
n 1: an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or
more contestants [syn: competition]
2: a struggle between rivals
v : to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation;
"They contested the outcome of the race" [syn: contend,