Contest

Definition of Contest

Con`test´
v. t.1.To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
[imp. & p. p. Contested; p. pr. & vb. n. Contesting.]
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
a - (Polit.) To strive to be elected.
b - To dispute the declared result of an election.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
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.

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