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The synonyms of “Contest” are: competition, match, tournament, game, meet, battle, fight, clash, feud, struggle, conflict, confrontation, collision, combat, tussle, skirmish, duel, race, contend, repugn, compete for, contend for, vie for, challenge for, fight for, fight over, battle for, struggle for, tussle for, compete in, contend in, fight in, battle in, enter, take part in, be a competitor in, participate in, put one's name down for, go in for, oppose, object to, challenge, dispute, take a stand against, resist, defy, strive against, struggle against, take issue with, debate, argue about, quarrel over
Contest as a Noun
Definitions of "Contest" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “contest” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants.
- A competition for a political position.
- A struggle between rivals.
- An event in which people compete for supremacy in a sport or other activity, or in a quality.
- A dispute or conflict.
Synonyms of "Contest" as a noun (18 Words)
|battle||An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals.|
The battle lasted for several hours.
|clash||A sports fixture (used chiefly in journalism.|
A clash of tweeds and a striped shirt.
|collision||An instance of simultaneous transmission by more than one node of a network.|
The collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill.
|combat||Non-violent conflict or opposition.|
A combat zone.
|competition||The activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others.|
Competition with ungulates or condylarths appears to have been the undoing of marsupials in North America.
|conflict||A state of mind in which a person experiences a clash of opposing feelings or needs.|
He was immobilized by conflict and indecision.
|confrontation||A situation where two players or sides compete to win a sporting contest.|
The race promised a classic confrontation between the two top runners in the world.
|duel||A contest with deadly weapons arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honour.|
He won by a short head after a great final furlong duel.
|feud||A prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute.|
His long standing feud with Universal Pictures.
|fight||The act of fighting any contest or struggle.|
He d had another fight with Katie.
|game||The equipment for a game especially a board game or a video game.|
This was a game of shuttle diplomacy at which I had become adept.
|match||The score needed to win a match.|
Stones of a perfect match and colour.
|meet||A meeting typically one with an illicit purpose.|
The meet with Frank is on for 10 o clock.
|race||A series of races for horses or dogs held at a fixed time on a set course.|
Some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings.
|skirmish||A minor short-term fight.|
The unit was caught in several skirmishes and the commanding officer was killed.
|struggle||A very difficult task.|
The struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her.
|tournament||A modern event involving display of military techniques and exercises.|
The Royal Tournament.
There was a tussle for the ball.
Usage Examples of "Contest" as a noun
- A tennis contest.
- A leadership contest.
- A contest between traditional and liberal views.
Contest as a Verb
Definitions of "Contest" as a verb
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “contest” as a verb can have the following definitions:
- Oppose (an action or theory) as mistaken or wrong.
- Take part in (a competition or election.
- Engage in competition to attain (a position of power.
- Engage in dispute about.
- To make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation.
Synonyms of "Contest" as a verb (34 Words)
|argue about||Present reasons and arguments.|
|battle for||Battle or contend against in or as if in a battle.|
|battle in||Battle or contend against in or as if in a battle.|
|be a competitor in||Be priced at.|
|challenge||Issue a challenge to.|
A certain number of jurors may be challenged.
|challenge for||Raise a formal objection in a court of law.|
|compete for||Compete for something engage in a contest measure oneself against others.|
|compete in||Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others.|
|contend||Maintain or assert.|
Militant groups are contending for control of the country.
|contend for||Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight.|
|contend in||Maintain or assert.|
|debate||Argue with one another.|
We debated the question of abortion.
|defy||Challenge (someone) to fight.|
His actions defy belief.
|dispute||Argue about (something.|
He taught and disputed with local poets.
|enter||Set out on an enterprise or subject of study.|
A solicitor entered a plea of guilty on her behalf.
|fight for||Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight.|
|fight in||Make a strenuous or labored effort.|
|fight over||Exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for.|
|go in for||Be abolished or discarded.|
|object to||Be averse to or express disapproval of.|
|oppose||Be resistant to.|
A majority of the electorate opposed EC membership.
|participate in||Become a participant; be involved in.|
|put one's name down for||Cause (someone) to undergo something.|
|quarrel over||Have a disagreement over something.|
|repugn||To affect a person with repugnance or aversion Also without object to cause repugnance.|
|resist||Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something.|
Antibodies help us to resist infection.
|strive against||Attempt by employing effort.|
|struggle against||Be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight.|
|struggle for||Make a strenuous or labored effort.|
|take a stand against||Have with oneself; have on one’s person.|
|take issue with||Accept or undergo, often unwillingly.|
|take part in||Travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route.|
|tussle for||Make messy or untidy.|
|vie for||Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others.|
Usage Examples of "Contest" as a verb
- She declared her intention to contest the presidency.
- The former chairman contests his dismissal.
- A coalition was formed to contest the presidential elections.
- The issues have been hotly contested.
- They contested the outcome of the race.
Associations of "Contest" (30 Words)
|athlete||A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.|
He had the broad shouldered build of a natural athlete.
|battle||Battle or contend against in or as if in a battle.|
The battle against ageing.
|bellicose||Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.|
Bellicose young officers.
|championship||The position or title of the winner of a championship contest.|
The team s final match before the European championships.
|combative||Having or showing a ready disposition to fight.|
A combative impulse.
|compete||Compete for something engage in a contest measure oneself against others.|
He competed with a number of other candidates.
|competition||The person or people over whom one is attempting to establish one’s supremacy or superiority; the opposition.|
I walked round to check out the competition.
|competitive||Involving competition or competitiveness.|
A car industry competitive with any in the world.
|competitor||An organization or country engaged in commercial or economic competition with others.|
Our main industrial competitors.
|contend||Succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available.|
He contends that the judge was wrong.
|contender||A person or group competing with others to achieve something.|
The major contenders in the football championship.
|contention||A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement.|
The teams were in fierce contention for first place.
|contentious||Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits.|
A style described as abrasive and contentious.
|contestant||A person who participates in competitions.|
An anxious contestant on a television quiz show.
|discord||Lack of agreement or harmony between things.|
A prosperous family who showed no signs of discord.
|divisive||Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.|
The highly divisive issue of abortion.
|internecine||Destructive to both sides in a conflict.|
The region s history of savage internecine warfare.
|interscholastic||Used of competition or cooperation between secondary schools.|
|opponent||Someone who offers opposition.|
The news will delight opponents of GM foods.
The brothers fought on opposing sides in the war.
|pentathlon||An athletic event comprising five different events for each competitor in particular also modern pentathlon an event involving fencing shooting swimming riding and cross country running.|
|popularity||The state or condition of being liked, admired, or supported by many people.|
The universal popularity of American movies.
|quiz||An examination consisting of a few short questions.|
A pub quiz.
|rival||Be the rival of be in competition with.|
Nothing can rival cotton for durability.
|rivalry||The act of competing as for profit or a prize.|
There always has been intense rivalry between the clubs.
|strive||To exert much effort or energy.|
We must strive to secure steady growth.
|struggle||A forceful or violent effort to get free of restraint or resist attack.|
Many families on income support have to struggle to make ends meet.
|vie||Compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others.|
The athletes were vying for a place in the British team.
|win||Win something through one s efforts.|
|wrangling||Engagement in a long, complicated dispute or argument.|
Weeks of political wrangling.