A contest is a struggle to determine who's tops –- you might wrestle an alligator in a contest of brute strength versus strategy. You can also enter a contest — a yodeling contest or a cake-decorating contest, depending on your talents.

If you're being sued and you respond to the court order saying "no contest," you're saying you're not going to put up a fight. When you put the accent on the second syllable, contest becomes a verb, and it means to dispute something. You lost the election for class president, but you think there was something fishy going on at the ballot box, so you contest the results and ask for a recount.

Definitions of contest
  1. noun
    a struggle between rivals
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    battle of wits
    a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used
    bidding contest
    a series of competing bids
    popularity contest
    competition (real or figurative) for popular support
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    competition, contention, rivalry
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  2. noun
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    synonyms: competition
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    a single play of a sport or other contest
    athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics
    a contest between athletes
    a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
    a competition at which a champion is chosen
    a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
    a contest whose outcome is uncertain up to the very end
    a fiercely disputed contest
    a contest of speed
    tournament, tourney
    a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
    any final competition to determine a championship
    (sports) several contests played successively by the same teams
    field trial
    a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving
    a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
    a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
    any competition
    spelldown, spelling bee, spelling contest
    a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly
    (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
    a contest or race open to any interested contestants
    a contest in which competitors’ beauty is judged
    away game, road game
    a game played away from home
    home game
    a game played at home
    exhibition game, practice game
    a game whose outcome is not recorded in the season's standing
    the final game of a double header
    double feature, doubleheader, twin bill
    two games instead of one (especially in baseball when the same two teams play two games on the same day)
    playoff game
    one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
    cup tie
    an eliminating game between teams in a cup competition
    an athletic contest consisting of ten different events
    Olympiad, Olympic Games, Olympics
    the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country
    Special Olympics
    an athletic contest modeled after the Olympic Games but intended for mentally or physically handicapped persons
    prelim, preliminary
    a minor match preceding the main event
    an athletic contest consisting of five different events
    auto race, automobile race, car race
    a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles
    bicycle race
    a race between people riding bicycles
    boat race
    a race between people rowing or driving boats
    a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
    chariot race
    a race between ancient chariots
    dog racing
    a race between dogs; usually an occasion for betting on the outcome
    foot race, footrace, run
    a race run on foot
    a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use
    cross country
    a long race run over open country
    a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race
    horse race
    a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting
    potato race
    a novelty race in which competitors move potatoes from one place to another one at a time
    sack race
    a novelty race in which competitors jump ahead with their feet confined in a sack
    scratch race
    a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms)
    ski race, skiing race
    a race between people wearing skis
    relay, relay race
    a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance
    a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
    World Cup
    a soccer tournament held every four years between national soccer teams to determine a world champion
    elimination tournament
    a tournament in which losers are eliminated in successive rounds
    a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
    home stand
    a series of successive games played at a team's home field or court
    World Series
    series that constitutes the playoff for the baseball championship
    boxing match
    a match between boxers; usually held in a boxing ring
    chess match
    a match between chess players
    a match in a cockpit between two fighting cocks heeled with metal gaffs
    cricket match
    a match between two cricket teams
    diving, diving event
    an athletic competition that involves diving into water
    field event
    a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
    the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament
    one of the four competitions in an elimination tournament whose winners go on to play in the semifinals
    semi, semifinal
    one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
    round robin
    a tournament in which every contestant plays every other contestant
    meet, sports meeting
    a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held
    swimming event
    an athletic competition that involves swimming
    tennis match
    a match between tennis players
    match game, matched game, test match
    an international championship match
    wrestling match
    a match between wrestlers
    hop-step-and-jump, triple jump
    an athletic contest in which a competitor must perform successively a hop and a step and a jump in continuous movement
    a contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses
    arms race
    a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
    campaign, political campaign, run
    a race between candidates for elective office
    an athletic contest consisting of three different events (typically running, swimming, and cycling)
    an athletic contest consisting of two different events (typically cross-country skiing and rifle shooting)
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    social event
    an event characteristic of persons forming groups
  3. verb
    make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
    “They contested the outcome of the race”
    synonyms: contend, repugn
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    challenge, dispute, gainsay
    take exception to
    challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
    challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
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    be against; express opposition to
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