contest Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “contest” - English Dictionary

"contest" in American English

See all translations

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.
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)

"contest" in British English

See all translations

contestnoun [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.
More examples

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.
More examples

contestverb [T]

uk   us   /kənˈtest/

contest verb [T] (ARGUE)

If you contest a ​formalstatement, a ​claim, a judge's ​decision, or a ​legalcase, 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 ​ourproducts.

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 could ​win, since only two ​people are contesting the ​seat and the other ​candidate is very ​unpopular.
(Definition of contest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “contest”
in Korean 대회…
in Arabic مُنافَسة, مُسابَقة…
in Malaysian pertandingan…
in French compétition…
in Russian соревнование, состязание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 競賽, 比賽…
in Italian concorso…
in Turkish yarışma, müsabaka…
in Polish konkurs, rywalizacja…
in Spanish competición (deporte), concurso, combate…
in Vietnamese cuộc thi…
in Portuguese concurso…
in Thai การดิ้นรน, การแข่งขัน…
in German der Wettkampf…
in Catalan concurs…
in Japanese コンテスト…
in Chinese (Simplified) 竞赛, 比赛…
in Indonesian pertandingan…
What is the pronunciation of contest?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


peaceful, quiet, and without worry

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

climate justice noun
climate justice noun
October 12, 2015
the holding to account of those responsible for climate change and reparation for those most affected by it I just finished reading the pope’s message to the world on climate justice.I feel energized and have joined a group of people at my church, St. Joseph University Parish, who feel the same.

Read More