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contest

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒn.test/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/

contest noun [C] (COMPETITION)

B1 a competition to do better than other people, usually in which prizes are given: a dance/sports contest She's won a lot of beauty contests.

contest noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

an attempt, usually against difficulties, to win an election or to get power or control: The contest for deputy leadership of the party is gathering speed.

contest

verb [T] uk   /kənˈtest/ us  

contest verb [T] (ARGUE)

If you contest a formal statement, a claim, a judge's decision, or a legal case, you say formally that it is wrong or unfair and try to have it changed: We will certainly contest any claims made against the safety of our products.

contest verb [T] (COMPETE)

to compete for something: The medal is being keenly contested by eight gymnasts.

contest verb [T] (ATTEMPT)

to attempt to win an election or to get power or control: She stands a good chance, since only two people are contesting the seat and the other candidate is very unpopular.
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