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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒn.tɛst/
- (US) enPR: kŏn'tĕst, IPA(key): /ˈkɑn.tɛst/
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- Rhymes: -ɒntɛst
- (uncountable) Controversy; debate.
- (uncountable) Struggle for superiority; combat.
- (countable) A competition.
combat — see combat
competition — See also translations at competition
- (intransitive) To contend.
- 1684-1690, Thomas Burnet, Sacred Theory of the Earth
- As for the difficulty or obscurity of an argument, that does but add to the pleasure.of contesting with it when there are hopes of victory
- (transitive) To call into question; to oppose.
- Synonyms: call into question, oppose
- Antonym: support
- The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.
- 1848, John Daniel Morell, Historical and Critical View of the Speculative Philosophy of Europe in the Nineteenth Century
- Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequently repeated, few more contested than this.
- (transitive) To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend.
- The troops contested every inch of ground.
- (law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist, as a claim, by course of law.
- Synonym: controvert