[Vocabulary] Compete, contest, contend …?

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1.
  • compete
  • contend

2.
  • competition
  • contest

3.
  • competitor
  • contender

What are the differences in the sense related to competition?

Thanks in advance.
 
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I've looked up all these words in dictionary, but still I don't know their differences.

Can anyone help me?
 

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They are synonyms. They are used somewhat differently, but they are synonyms. Do you have trouble understanding them?
 

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I've looked up all these words in the dictionary, but still I don't know their differences.

Can anyone help me?

Write a sentence using one of the words you are having trouble with. Somebody will comment on it.
 

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Now we've got two new contenders for $70: Amazon's new Fire TV, which looks more like a Chromecast dongle than a set-top box, and Roku's Streaming Stick+.

Will the meaning change if I replace "contenders" with "competitors"?
 

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Another question. What's the difference between "a photo competition" and "a photo contest"?
 

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Another question. What's the difference between "a photo competition" and "a photo contest"?

They are two names for the same event. Competition is more formal.
 

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Now we've got two new contenders for $70: Amazon's new Fire TV, which looks more like a Chromecast dongle than a set-top box, and Roku's Streaming Stick+.

Will the meaning change if I replace "contenders" with "competitors"?
I don't understand your example sentence as I don't know what the contenders/competitors have to do for the money.

I can tell you that two professional boxers for example would be described by sportswriters as contenders for a world title and a purse (prize) of £2m—not competitors.
 

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I don't understand your example sentence as I don't know what the contenders/competitors have to do for the money.

I can tell you that two professional boxers for example would be described by sportswriters as contenders for a world title and a purse (prize) of £2m—not competitors.

Previous quotation source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/24/amazon-fire-tv-roku-streaming-stick-review/

Thanks for your explanation. I guess "contender" describes someone (or something) who competes with great effort. Am I right?
 

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We tend to use contender for someone with a better than even chance of winning.
 

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We tend to use contender for someone with a better than even chance of winning.

How do you reconcile that with your liking this from post #9? I can tell you that two professional boxers for example would be described by sportswriters as contenders for a world title and a purse (prize) of £2m—not competitors.


How can two people both have a better than even chance of winning the same boxing match?
 

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How do you reconcile that with your liking this from post #9? I can tell you that two professional boxers for example would be described by sportswriters as contenders for a world title and a purse (prize) of £2m—not competitors.


How can two people both have a better than even chance of winning the same boxing match?
Good point. Let's say that a contender​ is someone who has more than a long-shot chance of winning. :)
 
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