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English Dictionary: Contest by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
contest
n
  1. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    Synonym(s): contest, competition
  2. a struggle between rivals
v
  1. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"
    Synonym(s): contest, contend, repugn
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contest \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contest \Con"test\, n.
      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,
                  [bd]this keen encounter of our wits.[b8] --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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contest \Con*test"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contested}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Contesting}.] [F. contester, fr. L. contestari to
      call to witness, contestari litem to introduce a lawsuit by
      calling witnesses, to bring an action; con- + testari to be a
      witness, testic witness. See {Testify}.]
      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.
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