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English definition of “runner-up”

runner-up

noun [C]    /ˈrʌn·ərˈʌp/ (plural runners-up  /ˈrʌn·ərzˈʌp/)
a person or team that finishes second in a race or competition : Madison is the Eastern Region champion and last year’s state runner-up.
(Definition of runner-up noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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