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English definition of “contestant”


noun [C] (ATTEMPT)    /kənˈtes.tənt/ US  /-t̬ənt/
someone who attempts to win an election or get power or control: Two main candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sportVoters and Candidates in elections
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