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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.
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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.
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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.
Translations of “contest”
in Korean 대회…
in Arabic مُنافَسة, مُسابَقة…
in French compétition…
in Turkish yarışma, müsabaka…
in Italian concorso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 競賽, 比賽…
in Russian соревнование, состязание…
in Polish konkurs, rywalizacja…
in Spanish competición (deporte), concurso, combate…
in Portuguese concurso…
in German der Wettkampf…
in Catalan concurs…
in Japanese コンテスト…
in Chinese (Simplified) 竞赛, 比赛…
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