Synonyms for Contest:

n.

game, free-for-all, trial, match. dispute, face, enter, ride, play, take up, controversy, represent. disagree, tug-of-war, contradict, react against, take issue with someone/something, striving, differ, oppose, dissent, Corrivalry, reject, race. meet. battle (noun)
engagement, combat.
competition (noun)
match, game, trial, meet.
conflict (noun)
tug-of-war.
contest (noun)
competition, contend, repugn.
event (noun)
competition.
fight, struggle (noun)
combat, tug-of-war, warfare, controversy, battle, striving, conflict, dispute, engagement.
legal proceeding (noun)
trial.
warfare (noun)
combat, struggle, offensive, warfare, warpath, guerre, battle, campaign, jihad, engagement, scuffle, war, bloodshed, conflict, hostility, tussle, aggression, crusade, drive, scramble, fight.

v.

argue, challenge (verb)
oppose.
battle (verb)
engage.
communication (verb)
repugn, contend.
fight (verb)
contend, scuffle, struggle.

Other synonyms:

differ, contradict, tug-of-war, react against, Corrivalry, disagree. free-for-all, oppose, striving. dissent, race, reject. trial. enter. represent, ride, take up. game. play, face. meet. Other relevant words:
differ, meet, enter, dissent, controversy, game, match, play, striving, repugn, trial, tug-of-war, competition, contend, contradict, Corrivalry, disagree, face, oppose, free-for-all, dispute, race, reject.

Usage examples for contest

  1. Now the contest is ended. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  2. It was a stubborn and bloody contest – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey