Definitions of contest

  1. To strive; to contend; to vie; to emulate. See Test.
  2. To dispute; as, to contest an election; oppose; litigate.
  3. To call in question; dispute; resist.
  4. To dispute; strive to win.
  5. To strive; contend; vie.
  6. To contend strenuously.
  7. To contend for; to struggle to maintain; to controvert; to dispute.
  8. To dispute; to struggle or strive earnestly; to litigate; to oppose; to emulate.
  9. a struggle between rivals
  10. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
  11. To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.
  12. To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with.
  13. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
  14. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter.
  15. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
  16. [ 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.
  17. A struggle for superiority; dispute.
  18. A struggle for superiority: strife: debate.
  19. A dispute; strife; debate.
  20. A struggle; conflict.
  21. A struggle for victory or superiority; dispute; strife in argument.
  22. Struggle; conflict; dispute.