View synonyms for challenger


[ chal-in-jer ]


  1. a person or thing that challenges.
  2. Boxing. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
  3. none Challenger. U.S. Aerospace. the second space shuttle to orbit and return to earth: exploded 1½ min. after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven on board.

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  • non·chal·leng·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of challenger1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; challenge, -er 1

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Example Sentences

Various challenger apps to Facebook have tried this model, but failed to scale – so far.

From Time

The Wyoming Republican Party condemned her vote, more than 120 of her colleagues support a challenge to her leadership role, and she’s starting to attract challengers ahead of a 2022 primary.

Albeit at a lower valuation, the challenger bank also raised £125 million from new and existing investors during the pandemic.

The question will now be whether users decide to stick with BBVA or turn to exploring another challenger.

More recent customers include fast-growing fintech firms like DoorDash, the meal-delivery service, and Brex, the corporate card challenger.

From Fortune

It was not until after the Challenger accident that the folly of this approach was realized.

It could have had a burn-through like Challenger Shuttle, but I would have thought that would take longer.

Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is steadily but narrowly leading GOP challenger Thom Tillis.

The president wants to stay; the challenger wants to go back to his hotel.

He is technically running against incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan.

Anneslie, the knight, was the complainant and the challenger.

The challenger pronounced his vow with a firm and manly voice, and a bold and cheerful countenance.

To this altar the challenger and defender were successively brought forward, conducted by their respective sponsors.

Even the great Challenger expedition had scarcely touched upon it; and so our Expedition had a splendid field for investigation.

The challenger saw his adversary coming, and he hurried forward without a pause.


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