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
Even with a difficult fight against a well-deserving contender looming this weekend, Aldo hasn’t been able to get far from the specter of his loss to McGregor — partly because people never stop asking him about it.
There are two other contenders in the race, Josefina Vázquez Mota of the National Action Party (PAN) and Juan Zepeda of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
A contender for the worst House of Cards episode yet.
Today, the 21-year-old two-way phenom is a contender to go No. 1 overall in this month’s amateur draft and is likely a long-shot to slip to the Padres at No.
Like Kennedy, Biss and another contender, Northwest Side Ald.
Soro is seen as one of the main contenders to take over from Ouattara, who constitutionally must step down after two terms in office in 2020.
Hunter-Reay had led 28 laps and was a strong contender late.
Becoming a genuine contender has taken eight more years.
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Origin and Etymology of contender
First Known Use: 1547
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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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