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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)







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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/
(Definition of contest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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