Meaning of “challenger” in the English Dictionary

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challengernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʃæl·ən·dʒər/

someone who tries to win a competition and achieve a position, esp. in politics or sports, against someone who has won it and now has that position:

An aide to Buchanan said the conservative challenger for the presidency would hold a press conference tomorrow.

(Definition of “challenger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)