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
Stryker Phd, winner of the Longacres Mile in 2014 and 2015, was expected to be a contender in the race, but the 8-year-old gelding was scratched by the starter after characteristically lagging behind while the others loaded.
The hunt for a winner in a single category might involve visiting contenders in Pasadena, downtown, Studio City, Santa Monica, and beyond.
Once considered a surefire heavyweight title contender, Browne has lost three straight fights.
The move also would seem to insert Cozart back into trade chatter, with a couple contenders losing young shortstops to long-term injuries in the last couple days.
The Reference Shelf A who’s who guide to the top contenders to lead the ANC.
The Marlins haven’t needed many hits in recent days to beat two of the National League’s top contenders.
George wants to be traded to the Lakers or to a true contender, but the Pacers held on to him for now.
KATIE'S REWARD is training well for Brad Cox and looks like a solid contender.
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CONTENDER Defined for English Language Learners
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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