Challengers don’t let things stay the way they are, they go against something already in place, like a rule or the score on the scoreboard. Or they go after the same thing you may want, like victory in a competition or even the parking spot you were waiting for.

In earlier history, during the Middle Ages, a challenger was mostly a dreaded foe or someone who wanted to fight to the death with a sword. Some challengers want to challenge the truth or rightness of something, and that can be pretty serious too. In modern times, though, the word challenger often describes competitors who want to challenge each other in sports, on TV game shows, or in arguments. These challengers enjoy the challenge itself.

Definitions of challenger

n the contestant you hope to defeat

competition, competitor, contender, rival
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champ, champion, title-holder
someone who has won first place in a competition
someone with a promising future
a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
enemy, foe
a personal enemy
favorite, favourite, front-runner
a competitor thought likely to win
king, queen, world-beater
a competitor who holds a preeminent position
runner-up, second best
the competitor who finishes second
a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
street fighter
a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
someone who engages in a tilt or joust
mortal enemy
an enemy who wants to kill you
record-breaker, record-holder
someone who breaks a record
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a person who participates in competitions

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