Meaning of “contest” in the English Dictionary

"contest" in British English

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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 Republican nomination.

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contestverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈtest/ us /kənˈtest/

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.

(Definition of “contest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contest" in American English

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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 political newcomer.
contestant
noun [ C ] us /kənˈtes·tənt/

She was once a contestant on a television quiz 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 particular action 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)