contender

noun
con·​tend·​er | \kən-ˈten-dər \

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.

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This is shaping up as a week of rest for many of the top playoff contenders. Steve Megargee, The Seattle Times, "Recent history says No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 ND should be wary," 26 Oct. 2018 The top contender is Jimmy Choo, which is based in the UK, though it was acquired by U.S. based Michael Kors in November last year. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet The Designers Possibly Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Shoes," 4 Oct. 2018 Cardi B was the top contender of the night with 10 nominations. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Jennifer Lopez saves flat MTV VMAs as Camila Cabello takes home night's top honor," 20 Aug. 2018 Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump nominates GOP favorite Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is currently a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Catherine Lucey, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump enjoys 'suspense' ahead of Supreme Court announcement," 9 July 2018 Teacher of the Year: 10 things to know about Amy Coney Barrett, a top contender for the Supreme Court Here's what Barrett has said on those, and other, issues. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "What Supreme Court contender Amy Coney Barrett has said about abortion and 9 other issues," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of contender

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contender

see contend

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contender

noun

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

contender

noun
con·​tend·​er | \kən-ˈten-dər \

Kids Definition of contender

: a person who is in competition with others

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