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CONTEST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contest mean? 

CONTEST (noun)
  The noun CONTEST has 2 senses:

1. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
2. a struggle between rivals

  Familiarity information: CONTEST used as a noun is rare.


CONTEST (verb)
  The verb CONTEST has 1 sense:

1. to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

  Familiarity information: CONTEST used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTEST (noun)


Sense 1contest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

contest; competition

Hypernyms ("contest" is a kind of...):

social event (an event characteristic of persons forming groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contest"):

series ((sports) several contests played successively by the same teams)

field trial (a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving)

match (a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete)

tournament (a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize)

race (any competition)

spelldown; spelling bee; spelling contest (a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly)

trial ((sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications)

playoff (any final competition to determine a championship)

tournament; tourney (a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner)

race (a contest of speed)

dogfight (a fiercely disputed contest)

cliffhanger (a contest whose outcome is uncertain up to the very end)

chicken (a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops)

championship (a competition at which a champion is chosen)

bout (a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers))

athletic competition; athletic contest; athletics (a contest between athletes)

game (a single play of a sport or other contest)


Sense 2contest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A struggle between rivals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("contest" is a kind of...):

competition; contention; rivalry (the act of competing as for profit or a prize)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contest"):

battle of wits (a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used)

bidding contest (a series of competing bids)

popularity contest (competition (real or figurative) for popular support)


CONTEST (verb)


Sense 1contest [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

contest; repugn; contend

Context example:

They contested the outcome of the race

Hypernyms (to "contest" is one way to...):

oppose (be against; express opposition to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contest"):

challenge; dispute; gainsay (take exception to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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