contender

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noun con·tend·er \-ˈten-dər\

Definition of contender

  1. :  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

  1. There are several contestants, but only two real contenders.

  2. This latest defeat means that she's no longer a contender for the world title.

Origin and Etymology of contender

see contend


First Known Use: 1547

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CONTENDER Defined for English Language Learners

contender

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noun con·tend·er \-ˈten-dər\

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


CONTENDER Defined for Kids

contender

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noun con·tend·er \kən-ˈten-dər\

Definition of contender for Students

  1. :  a person who is in competition with others



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