Definition of contention in English:


Line breaks: con|ten|tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛnʃ(ə)n



in (or out of) contention

Having (or not having) a good chance of success in a contest: three penalties kept the team firmly in contention Heather’s error in the race put her out of contention
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  • I have a lot more confidence that, if I just play my game, I'll have a chance to be in contention on the weekend.
  • It was nice to get back there again and be in contention with a chance to win coming up the back nine on Sunday.
  • So players who did not turn up for training with the County team ruled themselves out of contention.
in competition, competing, contesting, contending, challenging, vying; striving, struggling, tussling, grappling, battling, fighting, warring


late Middle English: from Latin contentio(n-), from contendere 'strive with' (see contend).

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