Definition of contender
: one that contends; especially : a competitor for a championship or high honor a heavyweight title contender the leading presidential contenders
Examples of contender in a Sentence
There are several contestants, but only two real contenders.
This latest defeat means that she's no longer a contender for the world title.
Recent Examples of contender from the Web
Once considered a surefire heavyweight title contender, Browne has lost three straight fights.
The Marlins haven’t needed many hits in recent days to beat two of the National League’s top contenders.
KATIE'S REWARD is training well for Brad Cox and looks like a solid contender.
Only one potential Republican contender for governor was mentioned: House Speaker Richard Corcoran of Land O’Lakes, whom Gillum criticized in the context of HB 7069.
There, four contenders for Mr. Immelt’s post lined up and made their case to claim the top job.
Among the other top sales contenders are Aurora, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Joliet, Oak Brook, Orland Park, Rosemont, St. Charles and Tinley Park, the report showed.
Now the Belmont is facing the loss of another top contender.
Contenders for the spot are Jamie Uzelac, Steve Dujmovich and Don Ensign, who formerly held an at-large seat on the council.
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Definition of contender for English Language Learners
: a person who tries to win something in a contest; especially : a person who has a good chance of winning
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Definition of contender for Students
: a person who is in competition with others
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