com·pet·i·tor | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tər \

Definition of competitor 

: one that competes: such as

a : rival a fierce competitor on the soccer field

b : one selling or buying goods or services in the same market as another offering lower prices than our competitors

c : an organism that lives in competition with another The squid population increased dramatically when food competitors were depleted by heavy overfishing.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for competitor


challenger, competition, contender, contestant, corrival, rival



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Examples of competitor in a Sentence

We offer better rates than our competitors. There were more than 500 competitors in the race.

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Your new financial friends will be abstract, obsessed with numbers and keen on comparing you with your competitors. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Earlier this year, Kikkan Randall edged out her competitors and won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics at PyeongChang. Blake Bakkila,, "35-Year-Old Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Post," 12 July 2018 Kane has scored six goals so far - two against Tunisia, three against Panama and one against Colombia - to lead the race for the World Cup golden boot, two goals clear of his nearest active competitor, Romelu Lukaku., "Glenn Hoddle Voices Harry Kane Fitness Concerns Ahead of Semi Final Showdown," 11 July 2018 His competitors have borrowed in dollars and euros, too, but take in lira. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 The Ambassador Awards were given to a pair of student-athletes who pointed their teammates and their competitors towards Christ. Mike May,, "Berean Christian School student-athletes feted at awards ceremony," 7 July 2018 This pragmatism squeezed the spiritual core from the Brazilian game, making the team difficult to distinguish from its competitors. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 The big telecom firms are irked at being saddled with a regulation that doesn’t apply to their main broadband competitors, cable firms. Michael Hiltzik,, "Sonic is a small ISP that competes brilliantly with the big guys — so they're trying to throttle its business," 5 July 2018 Her competitors for the District Six seat, Matt Haney and Christine Johnson, both filed their paperwork by the deadline. Trisha Thadani,, "SF District Six candidate Sonja Trauss misses matching funds deadline," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of competitor

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for competitor

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English Language Learners Definition of competitor

: someone who is trying to win or do better than all others especially in business or sports : someone who is competing


com·pet·i·tor | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tər \

Kids Definition of competitor

: someone or something that is trying to beat or do better than others in a contest or in the selling of goods or services : rival

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