Definition of contest verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    contest

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//kənˈtɛst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contest
     
    he / she / it contests
     
    past simple contested
     
    -ing form contesting
     
     
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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
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