Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that challenges: a challenger of established authority.
  • n. Sports One who competes against the holder of a title or championship, as in boxing.

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  • n. One who challenges.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who challenges.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who challenges or defies another to a duel or contest of any kind.
  • n. An objector; one who calls in question.
  • n. A claimant; one who demands something as of right.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the contestant you hope to defeat

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Examples

  • � Her main challenger is Jose Serra, a former governor who was trailing at 33 percent.

    Brazil's Rousseff Faces Runoff In Presidential Race

  • The French ace beat his title challenger Mikko Hirvonen by over two minutes with the Finn's compatriot and Ford Fiesta teammate Jari-Matti Latvala in third, 2:32.sec adrift.

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  • Oliver Shoffren�s side came up against another title challenger last week and although it only saw them take one point from a possible six against Norstar B, Shoffren was satisfied that his side gave as much as they could.

    Totally Jewish News Feed

  • COPENHAGEN (AP) - Odense scuppered Brondby's hopes of going top of the Danish first division on Sunday by holding the title challenger to a 0-0 draw.

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  • The winner of the heavyweight main event will determine the title challenger next in line once Brock Lesnar recovers from his sickness and puts his belt up against Shane Carwin.

    FanHouse

  • Again, when you are the incumbent, and your challenger is a virtual unknown, this is not a good result.

    Discourse.net: Outpouring of Support for Candidate Running Against Obama's Heckler

  • "Benfica is always considered a title challenger, and nothing is decided yet, but I think we have taken an important step toward" the title, Luisão told reporters after the win over Braga.

    The Benefits of Being Benfica

  • The latter form of politics is grounded in being what I call a challenger -- i.e., someone who presumes that whites are racist until they prove otherwise by granting preferences of some kind to minorities.

    Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

  • Or, if the challenger is a conservative, then the Democrat wins as the Republican and the challenger split the vote.

    covering baseball for USATODAY.com.Fregosi getting it from all sides

  • MONTREAL -- It's rare that a title challenger gets an immediate rematch in mixed martial arts.

    Edmonton Sun

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