con·​tend·​er | \ kən-ˈten-dər How to pronounce contender (audio) \

Definition of contender

: one that contends especially : a competitor for a championship or high honor a heavyweight title contender the leading presidential contenders

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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 on the Web Many fans, presumably from outside Michigan, misinterpreted the message, reading the photo as an endorsement of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders — right in the heat of the 2020 primaries. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Garth Brooks looks back on Barry Sanders jersey flap: 'All it did was magnify ignorance'," 21 Nov. 2020 Two-time presidential contender Keiko Fujimori had 5%. John Quigley,, "Former Peru Soccer Star Leads Poll Ahead of Presidential Vote," 19 Nov. 2020 The Utah attorney general faced criticism throughout the election with Democratic contender Greg Skordas for his effort to join with other Republican attorneys general in a Trump administration effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah attorney general takes time off to help Trump challenge the election results," 6 Nov. 2020 The last Republican presidential contender to win the state was George W. Bush in 2004. Brian Slodysko, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the states still in play and what makes them that way," 5 Nov. 2020 But on Wednesday morning, results out of Antrim County showed Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden leading the county by more than 3,000 votes with 98% of the results in. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Voting irregularities in deep red Michigan county under investigation after Biden lead there raises eyebrows," 5 Nov. 2020 Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential contender to win Kentucky in 1996. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: Presidential race too early to call," 4 Nov. 2020 Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential contender to win Kentucky in 1996. Arkansas Online, "EXPLAINING RACE CALLS: Presidential race too early to call," 4 Nov. 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris have sided with unions and endorsed the opposition campaign. Taryn Luna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Stuck between allies in tech and labor, Newsom won’t weigh in on Uber-backed Prop. 22," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of contender

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contender

contend + -er entry 2

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The first known use of contender was in 1547

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“Contender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of contender

: a person who tries to win something in a contest especially : a person who has a good chance of winning


con·​tend·​er | \ kən-ˈten-dər How to pronounce contender (audio) \

Kids Definition of contender

: a person who is in competition with others

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