V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. an organized, judged competition that matches rival abilities and performances on an individual basis to find the best; 2. a struggle for dominance or superiority between rivals or opposing individuals; (v.) to call into question, becoming the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
Synonyms: (n.) competition, match, tournament, game, meet, debate, discord, rivalry, altercation, contention, (v.) dispute, litigate, debate, oppose
Antonyms: (n.) cooperation, surrender, agreement, (v.) acquiesce, agree, surrender, relinquish
Tips: The origins of contest come from the Latin contestari, "to bring an action at law." To contest is to challenge through formal or legal procedures. Note the difference in prounciation between the noun and verb: with the noun, the first syllable is stressed, with the verb, the emphasis is on the second syllable.
At some point, the arm-wrestling competition between the two friends became a contest of wills. (rivalry, match) noun
It is ridiculous to attempt to contest your traffic ticket if you show up late to your court appearance. (debate, dispute) verb
The contest started out as fun and games, but soon turned into a heated battle. (competition, tournament) noun
The model contested the use of her photo in the advertisement, stating that she had not signed a release form or been paid by the advertiser. (opposed, disputed) verb
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