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contestnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.test/  us   /ˈkɑːn.test/
  • 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 the ​leadership of the ​party was very ​bitter. The ​primary in Iowa is the first contest for the ​Republicannomination.

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contestverb [T]

uk   /kənˈtest/  us   /kənˈtest/
(Definition of contest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contestnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑn·test/
a ​competition to do ​better than other ​people, esp. to ​win a ​prize or ​achieve a ​position of ​leadership or ​power: In the last ​election, he ​survived a ​close contest against a ​politicalnewcomer.
contestant
noun [C]  us   /kənˈtes·tənt/
She was ​once a contestant on a ​televisionquiz show.

contestverb [T]

 us   /kənˈtest/
to ​oppose esp. in ​argument: The campaign’s organizers ​hotly contest much of the ​criticism that has been ​leveled at them.
To contest is also to ​claim that a ​particularaction is not ​fair or is not ​legal: The ​lawyers may ​decide to contest the ​fine.
(Definition of contest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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