Definition of runner-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌrənər ˈəp/

noun (plural runners-up)

1A competitor or team taking second place in a contest: he was runner-up in the 200 m individual medley
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  • The Oakbank Fastbats second team were runners-up in Division Three.
  • They won the first tournament's doubles finals and were then runners-up in the second tournament.
  • Keybury Security's six-a-side soccer team were runners-up in the Bradford Monday Premier League.
1.1A competitor finishing behind the winner in the specified position: third runner-up in last year’s election
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  • Everyone was standing in exultation when he was named as third runner-up.
  • He is coming off his third runner-up finish, and he also has a victory at Phoenix.
  • She also ended up being the fourth runner-up in the contest, as a 20- year-old dancer from Japan, was named Miss Universe 2007.

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Syllabification: run·ner-up

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