a person or group that competes against others to win something;contestant: The three remaining contenders for the Democratic Party nomination met for a televised debate.
a person or group with a good chance of success in a contest: After last season’s disaster, the Texas team needed to convince me they were a contender.
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How to use contender in a sentence
Vote by mail, they contend, will boost turnout significantly.Vote by mail doesn’t really change much, election-wise | John Timmer | August 27, 2020 | Ars Technica
It is fitting, then, that the latter stages of his career have found James in Los Angeles, where he contends with two challenges.LeBron And AD Dominate Like Kobe And Shaq. But Can They Win Like The Classic Lakers? | Robert O'Connell | August 24, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Naming and categorizing heat waves too could increase public awareness of the extreme weather events and their dangers, contends a newly formed group that includes public health and climate experts.Hurricanes have names. Some climate experts say heat waves should, too | Jack J. Lee | August 14, 2020 | Science News
Court filings contend he died after experiencing further abuse at the hands of officers.Morning Report: What the County Isn’t Sharing on Community Outbreaks | Voice of San Diego | July 3, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The filings contend he died after experiencing further abuse at the hands of officers.Donovan Inmates Plead for Protection, Allege Retaliation Following Lawsuit | Maya Srikrishnan | July 2, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.
He was a leading presidential contender in 1988 and 1992, but never formally entered the race.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82 | Eleanor Clift | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As southern California turns to desert western Canada could follow Oregon and Washington states as a contender in top class wines.
Mike Huckabee, the Fox News host and wannabe presidential contender, was governor of my home state, Arkansas, until 2007.Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming | Monica Potts | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like Cruz, he is widely seen as a real contender for the Republican nomination in 2016.
Twenty long yards ahead of the nearest contender, Flitterfoot scooted over the line a winner.Back Home | Irvin S. Cobb
Martien was probably never a serious contender for the honor of discovering the atmospheric process of making steel.The Beginnings of Cheap Steel | Philip W. Bishop
In fact, within a few days the situation was simplified by the practical elimination of Pryme as a contender.Left Guard Gilbert | Ralph Henry Barbour
Henceforth, he could be only a looker on where he had so fondly figured himself as a contender.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron | J. W. Duffield
Then it was that Star Hawk loomed up as a dangerous contender as he finally found his stride and had clear sailing.History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921 | John Lawrence O'Connor