There are 2 main definitions of challenger in English:

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challenger 1

Pronunciation: /ˈCHalinjər/


1A person who engages in a contest: new championship challengers the leading team among the nine challengers
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  • Each episode features teams of challengers competing in the opening round.
  • Our Irish challengers this year are good if not brilliant horses on what they've shown so far.
  • Annual competitions attract hundreds of challengers vying to grow the best dahlia.
1.1A person who makes a rival claim to or threatens someone’s hold on a position: a serious challenger for the title a potential challenger for the party leadership
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  • In no short order, he becomes a viable challenger for the heavyweight title.
  • The chess-championship challenger storms in, screaming.
  • Since the 1980s, incumbents and challengers alike are continuously campaigning.
2A person who disputes the truth of or places themselves in opposition to something: heroic challengers of authority the bold challenger of campus orthodoxy
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  • Even challengers of the bill have mostly agreed it might be a good thing to regulate immoral dressing, but best to leave it to private organizations.
  • The challengers say the law is unconstitutional because regulating immigration is a function of the federal government.
  • He was in his day a provocative writer, a challenger of received wisdom.

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There are 2 main definitions of challenger in English:

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Challenger 2

Pronunciation: /ˈCHalənjər/
A US space shuttle that exploded 1.5 minutes after launch on January 28, 1986, killing its crew of seven.
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  • The countdown clock is ticking as seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger prepare for launch.
  • The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds into take-off killing its crew of 7.
  • His final major task was as a member of a committee set up to investigate the cause of the explosion on the space shuttle Challenger on Tuesday 28 January 1986.
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