challenger

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

challenge +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

challenger (plural challengers)

  1. One who challenges; especially, one who plays against the current champion of a game or contest in hopes of winning and becoming the new champion.
    The champion hopes to defeat his new challenger in the game to remain undefeated.
    One child stood as king of the hill, and tried to withstand the pushes and shoves of his challengers.

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Verb[edit]

challenger

  1. to challenge

Conjugation[edit]

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written challenge- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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