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  Dictionary Definition of contest

contest

-- noun
1. struggle for victory or superiority.
2. conflict between competitors; a competition.
3. strife in argument; dispute; controversy.
-- verb (t)
4. to struggle or fight for, as in battle.
5. to argue against; dispute.
6. to call in question.
7. to contend for in rivalry.
-- verb (i)
8. to dispute; contend; compete.
[F contester, from L contestari call to witness, bring a legal action]
-- contestable, adjective -- contester, noun