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- (UK) IPA: /ˈkɒn.tɛst/, X-SAMPA: /"kQn.tEst/
- (US) enPR: kŏn'tĕst, IPA: /ˈkɑn.tɛst/, X-SAMPA: /"kAn.tEst/
- Rhymes: -ɒntɛst
- (uncountable) Controversy; debate.
- no contest
- (uncountable) Struggle for superiority; combat.
- (countable) A competition.
- The child entered the spelling contest.
- (controversy): controversy, debate, discussion
- (combat): battle, combat, fight
- (competition): competition, pageant
Derived terms 
Terms derived from the noun "contest"
combat — see combat
- (intransitive) To contend.
- I will contest for the open seat on the board.
- Alexander Pope
- Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest?
- Bishop Burnet
- The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.
- (transitive) To call into question; to oppose.
- The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.
- (oppose): support