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IELTS BNC: 3919 COCA: 3062


1 contest /ˈkɑːnˌtɛst/ noun
plural contests
1 contest
plural contests
Learner's definition of CONTEST
: an event in which people try to win by doing something better than others比赛;竞赛
see also beauty contest, popularity contest
: a struggle or effort to win or get something竞选;竞争

no contest

informalused to say that someone or something is much better than another or can easily defeat another轻松击败对方;(对方)毫无竞争力,完全不是对手
US, law : a statement in a court of law in which someone who has been charged with a crime does not admit guilt but also does not dispute or argue with the charge不抗辩;无争议
2 contest /kənˈtɛst/ verb
contests; contested; contesting
2 contest
contests; contested; contesting
Learner's definition of CONTEST
[+ object] : to make (something) the subject of an argument or a legal case : to say that you do not agree with or accept (something)争辩;对…提出异议
[+ object] : to try to win (something)争取赢得
[no object] : to struggle or fight for or against something争夺;竞争
IELTS BNC: 3919 COCA: 3062


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contested; contesting; contests

intransitive verb

: strive, vie
contested for power

transitive verb

: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
especially : dispute, challenge
The deceased's relatives are contesting his will.
contestable adjective
contester noun


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con·​test ˈkän-ˌtest How to pronounce contest (audio)
: a struggle for superiority or victory : competition
a football contest between rival teams
: a competition in which each contestant performs without direct contact with or interference from competitors
He won the contest for best photograph.

Example Sentences

Verb She plans to contest a seat in Congress next year. Both candidates have agreed to another debate before this hotly contested election. Noun Contest winners receive a cash prize. Will you enter the contest? She hopes to win the contest for mayor. Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a contest for control of the House of Representatives. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Aiello, who chose not to contest the allegations, apologized to the patient, was recertified as a radiologist and completed a number of medical courses, DPH records show. Hartford Courant, 16 Aug. 2022 Many of the hundreds of thousands of people audited each year are chosen at random, and most taxpayers can’t afford a lawyer to go to Tax Court to contest IRS claims of tax liability. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 Is Bolsonaro preparing to contest the election no matter the outcome? David Faris, The Week, 21 July 2022 But before either husband or wife in the Andrews case was forced to take the stand, Kate agreed not to contest the case. April White, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 Collier-Williams in March appointed a receiver, after Optima agreed not to contest the appointment. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 Purdue also agreed not to contest an official fact-finding document detailing the company’s marketing methods, which management designed specifically to overcome physician fears about addiction. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Geyser would later receive a 40-year commitment to a state mental hospital after prosecutors agreed not to contest her insanity defense. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2021 Dollar General can either pay the fines, contest the citation or request a meeting with OSHA’s area director. Zachary Hansen, ajc, 15 Aug. 2022
In turn, this very well may prove to be a close, low-scoring contest. Xl Media, cleveland, 8 Sep. 2022 The residency is part of the Tinta Oscura contest, which received a total of 262 scripts from 13 countries. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 Tuesday night defeated Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo in their Democratic primary, according to Associated Press projections, ending a bruising, ugly contest that was rife with controversy. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 But one feeling that for sure wins every contest — empathy. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Pence has also made multiple stops over the past year and a half in South Carolina, which holds the third contest — and first southern primary — in the Republican presidential nominating calendar. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2022 Shrek Jesus and Sihakom participated in the roar contest, which is one of many events held at Shrekfest. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 4 Sep. 2022 Enjoy log-sawing contest, dance groups, kid-friendly Kinderplatz area with games and activities. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 2 Sep. 2022 The event for women 21 and older will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., and will include dancing, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, caricature artist, food and adult drinks. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History



borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French contester "to debate, make the subject of dispute," earlier "to refuse to recognize a right or claim," probably borrowed from Old Occitan contestar, borrowed from Latin contestārī "to call to witness," in the phrase lītem contestārī (with līt-, līs "dispute at law") "to join issue in a legal suit," from con- con- + -testārī, verbal derivative of testis "witness" — more at testament


derivative of contest entry 1

First Known Use


1603, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of contest was in 1603
IELTS BNC: 3919 COCA: 3062


ADJECTIVE | VERB + CONTEST | CONTEST + VERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEclose, equal, even, tight勢均力敵的角逐closely fought, hard-fought激烈的比賽;艱難的角逐one-sided, unequal (BrE) 一邊倒的比賽The contest was too one-sided to be exciting.這場比賽太一邊倒,沒什麼意思。open勝負難料的比賽This contest is wide open: any of half a dozen teams could win it.這場競賽勝負難料,其中 6 個隊都有機會獲勝。fair公平的角逐The other bidders for the contract complained that it had not been a fair contest.其他競標人抱怨該合同的競標不公平。exciting, good, great, real, thrilling激動人心的比賽;精彩的比賽;盛大的賽事;真正的較量;扣人心弦的比賽bitter激烈的較量head-to-head一對一的較量The contestants are eliminated one by one until the last two compete in a head-to-head contest.參賽選手一個一個被淘汰,最後只剩下兩名選手一對一較量。global, international, local, national, regional全球/國際/地方/全國/地區賽事election, electoral, gubernatorial, leadership, political, presidential, primary競選;州長競選;領導層競選;政治選舉;總統競選;初期競選beauty, popularity, song, talent選美/人氣/歌詠/才藝比賽athletic, sporting, sports (especially NAmE) 田徑比賽;體育競賽VERB + CONTESThave, hold, run舉行比賽We have three major beauty contests a year.我們每年舉行 3 次大型的選美比賽。Talent contests are held in the club.才藝比賽在這家俱樂部舉行。sponsor (NAmE) 贊助比賽compete in, enter, take part in參加比賽;加入角逐A third candidate has entered the contest for the Republican nomination.第三位候選人加入了角逐共和黨提名的行列。lose, win在比賽中落敗/勝出CONTEST + VERBtake place競賽開始PREPOSITIONduring a/the contest在競賽期間During the election contest newspapers are not allowed to publish public opinion polls.競選期間不允許報紙刊登民意測驗結果。in a/the contest在競賽中Both sides are predicting victory in this close contest.雙方都預言自己將在這場勢均力敵的角逐中獲勝。out of a/the contest退出比賽Jackson has injured his knee and is now out of the contest.傑克遜膝蓋受傷,現已退出比賽。contest against與⋯的競賽He won his opening contest against Costa of Argentina.他贏得了與來自阿根廷的科斯塔的首場比賽。contest between⋯之間的比賽the contest between these two great boxers這兩名偉大的拳擊手之間的比賽contest for為爭取⋯的角逐the contest for the leadership of the party黨內領導權之爭contest over就⋯的競爭In the animal kingdom intruders usually lose contests over territories.在動物王國裏,入侵者通常在領地爭奪中被擊敗。contest with和⋯的競賽The New Zealanders are looking forward to future contests with South Africa.新西蘭人盼望着將來同南非進行更多比賽。PHRASESa contest of skills, a contest of strength技巧的/力氣的較量be no contest (used when one side in a contest is much stronger than the other and is sure to win) 強弱懸殊的比賽the winner of a contest競賽獲勝者


1in a competition競爭ADVERBbitterly, fiercely, hotly, keenly (especially BrE) 激烈地爭奪The election was bitterly contested.選舉競爭激烈。closely, tightly競爭勢均力敵successfully爭奪成功


2oppose反對ADVERBfiercely, hotly, strongly, vigorously激烈地反駁;有力地辯駁His views on evolution are strongly contested by other scientists.他的進化論觀點遭到其他科學家的強烈質疑。successfully成功地辯駁Defence lawyers successfully contested the case.被告律師對這一案件進行了成功的辯護。
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0_0: Translations of contest
  • # v.
    鬥: battle, contend, contest, denounce, fight, make animals fight
    競: compete, contend, contest, struggle
    論爭: contest, debate, discuss
    攖: be against, show aggression, assail, assault, bother, contest
    爭辯: argue, contest, debate
    爭奪: contest, dispute, fight, scrabble, scramble, struggle
    爭論: altercate, argue, brabble, contend, contest, debate
    爭取: compete for a prize, contest, fight, shoot for, strive after, strive for
  • # n.
    比賽: competition, contest, game, match, play, tournament
    競賽: competition, contest, emulation, race
    論爭: argument, contest, contestation, controversy, debate, discussion
    賽: competition, contest, game, match
    爭論: altercation, argument, argumentation, brabble, contention, contest

0_0: Definitions of contest
  • # noun.
    - an event in which people compete for supremacy in a sport, activity, or particular quality.
    * a beauty contest
  • # verb.
    - engage in competition to attain (a position of power).
    * she declared her intention to contest the presidency
    - oppose (an action, decision, or theory) as mistaken or wrong.
    * the former chairman contests his dismissal

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