in contention for


: having a chance to win (something, such as a title or position)
He's in contention for the Olympic medal.

Examples of in contention for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Something Johnny Miller said this week sets up the final round of the U.S. Open Sunday, with golfers Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Wyndham Clark in contention for the major championship. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 18 June 2023 That philosophy has guided Malaski through his multisport life and has him in contention for a pair of medals at the state meet on Friday. Dave Melton, Chicago Tribune, 31 May 2023 The play first opened in Australia in 2020, transferred to London and won the 2023 Olivier Awards for Best New Play and Best Actress, and is currently in contention for four Tony Awards on Broadway, including a nod for Comer. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2023 Tangible accomplishments include six women directors out of 19 in contention for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Zoe Hewitt, Variety, 11 May 2023 The Wings finished with the league’s ninth-worst record (35-37-10), keeping them in contention for No. 1 overall. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2023 Cambridge, who spent last season at Arizona State before entering the transfer portal, has Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Clemson among the programs in contention for his services, according to college basketball insider Jon Rothstein. Tom Green |, al, 13 Apr. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Bruins-Panthers ‘23 is in contention for the bronze on my misery medal platform. Dan Shaughnessy,, 1 May 2023 The Thunder have gone 3-4 since with their last two losses coming at home against Charlotte (26-52), which is out of playoff contention, and at the Pacers (34-44), who are mathematically in contention for a play-in bid, but are 12th in the East. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2023 See More

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