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 for Contest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contest \Con*test"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contested; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Contesting.] [F. contester, fr. L. contestari to
     call to witness, contestari litem to introduce a lawsuit by
     calling witnesses, to bring an action; con- + testari to be a
     witness, testic witness. See Testify.]
     1. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or
        emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to
        controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
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              The people . . . contested not what was done.
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              Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequenty
              repeated, few more contested than this. --J. D.
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     2. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to
        defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
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     3. (Law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a
        suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law;
        to controvert.
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     To contest an election. (Polit.)
        (a) To strive to be elected.
        (b) To dispute the declared result of an election.
     Syn: To dispute; controvert; debate; litigate; oppose; argue;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contest \Con*test"\, v. i.
     To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive;
     to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with.
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           The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of
           contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.
                                                    --Bp. Burnet.
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           Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest? --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contest \Con"test\, n.
     1. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate;
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              Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamors and
              brawling language.                    --I. Watts.
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     2. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.;
        competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat;
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              The late battle had, in effect, been a contest
              between one usurper and another.      --Hallam.
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              It was fully expected that the contest there would
              be long and fierce.                   --Macaulay.
     Syn: Conflict; combat; battle; encounter; shock; struggle;
          dispute; altercation; debate; controvesy; difference;
          disagreement; strife.
     Usage: Contest, Conflict, Combat, Encounter. Contest
            is the broadest term, and had originally no reference
            to actual fighting. It was, on the contrary, a legal
            term signifying to call witnesses, and hence came to
            denote first a struggle in argument, and then a
            struggle for some common object between opposing
            parties, usually one of considerable duration, and
            implying successive stages or acts. Conflict denotes
            literally a close personal engagement, in which sense
            it is applied to actual fighting. It is, however, more
            commonly used in a figurative sense to denote
            strenuous or direct opposition; as, a mental conflict;
            conflicting interests or passions; a conflict of laws.
            An encounter is a direct meeting face to face. Usually
            it is a hostile meeting, and is then very nearly
            coincident with conflict; as, an encounter of opposing
            hosts. Sometimes it is used in a looser sense; as,
            "this keen encounter of our wits." --Shak. Combat is
            commonly applied to actual fighting, but may be used
            figuratively in reference to a strife or words or a
            struggle of feeling.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or
           more contestants [syn: contest, competition]
      2: a struggle between rivals
      v 1: to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation;
           "They contested the outcome of the race" [syn: contest,
           contend, repugn]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  233 Moby Thesaurus words for "contest":
     Kilkenny cats, Olympic games, Olympics, abjure, action,
     altercation, antagonize, argue, argufy, argument,
     assert the contrary, awake a doubt, bandy words, battle,
     be contrary to, be diffident, be doubtful, be dubious,
     be skeptical, be uncertain, beat against, beat up against, belie,
     bicker, bicker over, bickering, bout, box, brawl, breast the wave,
     broil, brush, buck, buffet, buffet the waves, call in question,
     call into question, cat-and-dog life, cavil, challenge,
     championship, choplogic, clash, close, close with, collide, combat,
     come to blows, compete with, competition, concours, conflict,
     confute, contend, contend about, contend against, contention,
     contentiousness, contestation, contradict, contravene, controversy,
     controvert, counter, cross, cross swords, cut and thrust, debate,
     decathlon, deny, derby, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, discept,
     disclaim, disown, disprove, disputation, dispute, distrust,
     double-header, doubles, doubt, duel, emulation, encounter,
     engagement, enmity, event, exchange blows, fence, feud, fight,
     fight a duel, fight against, fight over, fighting, forswear,
     foursome, gainsay, game, games, games of chance, give and take,
     give satisfaction, go, grapple, grapple with,
     greet with skepticism, gymkhana, half believe, harbor suspicions,
     hassle, have it out, have reservations, hostility, impugn,
     join battle with, join issue, join issue upon, jostle, joust,
     labor against, litigation, lock horns, logomachize, logomachy,
     match, matching, meet, meeting, militate against, misgive,
     mistrust, mix it up, moot, negate, not accept, not admit, nullify,
     object to, offer resistance, oppose, oppugn, paper war, pentathlon,
     pettifog, play, play-off, plead, polemic, polemicize, polemize,
     proving, quarrel, quarrel over, quarreling, quarrelsomeness, query,
     question, quibble, race, raise a question, rally, rassle, rebut,
     recant, refuse to admit, refute, reject, reluct, reluctate,
     rencontre, renounce, repudiate, retract, revoke, riot, rival,
     rivalry, run a tilt, runoff, scramble, scrapping, scruple, scuffle,
     singles, skirmish, smell a rat, spar, sport, squabble over,
     squabbling, stem the tide, strife, strive, strive against,
     striving, struggle, struggle against, suspect, take back,
     take issue with, take on, take sides, test, testing, thrash out,
     threesome, throw doubt upon, thrust and parry, tilt, tournament,
     tourney, traverse, treat with reserve, trial, try conclusions,
     trying, tug-of-war, tussle, twosome, vie with, wage war, war,
     war of words, warfare, words, wrangle, wrangle over, wrangling,

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