- 1contest something to take part in a competition, election, etc., and try to win it Three candidates contested the leadership. The party has decided not to contest this election. a hotly/fiercely/keenly contested game (= one in which the players try very hard to win and the scores are close)
- 2contest something to formally oppose a decision or statement because you think it is wrong to contest a will (= try to show that it was not correctly made in law) The divorce was not contested.
NAmE//kənˈtɛst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contest
he / she / it contests
past simple contested
-ing form contesting