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1. One that challenges: a challenger of established authority.
2. Sports One who competes against the holder of a title or championship, as in boxing.
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(ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒər)

1. a person or thing that challenges.
2. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
3. (cap.) a U.S. space shuttle that exploded after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven crew members.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.challenger - the contestant you hope to defeatchallenger - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
champ, champion, title-holder - someone who has won first place in a competition
comer - someone with a promising future
finalist - a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
foe, enemy - a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years"
favourite, front-runner, favorite - a competitor thought likely to win
world-beater, king - a competitor who holds a preeminent position
runner-up, second best - the competitor who finishes second
scratch - a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
semifinalist - one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
street fighter - a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
tier - any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
tilter - someone who engages in a tilt or joust
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[ˈtʃælɪndʒəʳ] Ndesafiador(a) m/f; (= competitor) → aspirante mf; (= opponent) → contrincante mf
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[ˈtʃælɪndʒər] nchallenger m
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n (to duel, match etc) → Herausforderer m, → Herausforderin f; a challenger of traditional beliefseiner, der überkommene Glaubenssätze infrage or in Frage stellt
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[ˈtʃælɪndʒəʳ] n (Sport) → sfidante m/f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈtʃӕlindʒ) verb
1. to ask (someone) to take part in a contest. He challenged his brother to a round of golf.
2. to question (someone's authority or right, the truth of a statement etc).
1. an invitation to a contest. He accepted his brother's challenge to a fight.
2. the act of questioning someone's right, a statement etc.
ˈchallenger noun
ˈchallenging adjective
demanding effort; difficult. a challenging job/idea.
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References in classic literature ?
At this the challenger with fierce defy His trumpet sounds; the challenged makes reply: With clangour rings the field, resounds the vaulted sky.
First, the five challengers were to undertake all comers.
Secondly, any knight proposing to combat, might, if he pleased, select a special antagonist from among the challengers, by touching his shield.
But even as I do so, I am overwhelmed by the wonder of the fact that it should be our little group of the "Lost World"--Professor Challenger, Professor Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and myself--who have passed through this amazing experience.
It so happens that it was to visit Professor Challenger at Rotherfield that I was asking for leave of absence.
The public have taken no interest in the matter up to now, but this letter of Challenger's in the Times will make them wake up, I'm thinking."
During the conflict, I had talked a little, now and then, with a young gentleman of the White Cap Corps, and he had mentioned that he was to fight next--and had also pointed out his challenger, a young gentleman who was leaning against the opposite wall smoking a cigarette and restfully observing the duel then in progress.
My acquaintanceship with a party to the coming contest had the effect of giving me a kind of personal interest in it; I naturally wished he might win, and it was the reverse of pleasant to learn that he probably would not, because, although he was a notable swordsman, the challenger was held to be his superior.
Challenger, who, being satisfied that no criticism or comment in this book is meant in an offensive spirit, has guaranteed that he will place no impediment to its publication and circulation.
The agreement was that they were to run a distance of a hundred paces with equal weights; and when the challenger was asked how the weights were to be equalised he said that the other, as he weighed nine stone, should put eleven in iron on his back, and that in this way the twenty stone of the thin man would equal the twenty stone of the fat one."
My decision, therefore, is that the fat challenger prune, peel, thin, trim and correct himself, and take eleven stone of his flesh off his body, here or there, as he pleases, and as suits him best; and being in this way reduced to nine stone weight, he will make himself equal and even with nine stone of his opponent, and they will be able to run on equal terms."
For justs, and tourneys, and barriers; the glories of them are chiefly in the chariots, wherein the challengers make their entry; especially if they be drawn with strange beasts: as lions, bears, camels, and the like; or in the devices of their entrance; or in the bravery of their liveries; or in the goodly furniture of their horses and armor.