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noun [countable] contest pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnˌtest/
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  1. 1
    a competition, especially one in which peoples skill in a particular activity or sport is tested
    a contest between the two top-rated tennis players in the world
    a singing/poetry contest
  2. 2
    a situation in which two or more people or groups are competing to gain power or an advantage
    the contest for the lottery franchise
    She has now withdrawn from the presidential contest.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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