com·​pet·​i·​tor | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tər How to pronounce competitor (audio) \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Jason Del Rey finds that the Federal Trade Commission is gathering information from Amazon’s competitors ahead of a potential antitrust case: As of 2018, Amazon boasts more than 100 million Prime members worldwide. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Three ways YouTube could fight harassment," 6 June 2019 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Recode’s Jason Del Rey offers a first look at some of the questions the FTC has been asking Amazon competitors about its business. Rani Molla, Vox, "Recode Daily: The word of the day is “antitrust”," 5 June 2019 By comparison, competitor SES SA reported a ratio for net debt to Ebitda of 3.4 times at the end of March. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Intelsat Names New Finance Chief as It Awaits Key Regulatory Decision," 28 May 2019 But with convincing, Meiler relented, and the two became training partners and friendly Senior Games competitors for the next 20 years. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Flo Filion Meiler, the 84-Year-Old Track and Field Athlete With Over 775 Medals," 26 Apr. 2019 Italian motorcycle racer Romano Fenati has been banned for two races and kicked off his team for good after grabbing competitor Stefano Manzi’s handbrake during a race, putting him in grave danger. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Motorcycle racer banned and fired after grabbing competitor's handbrake," 10 Sep. 2018 With its biggest would-be competitor out of the game, Qualcomm doesn’t have too many obstacles to 5G dominance. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Intel’s exit leaves Qualcomm in full control of the 5G smartphone modem roadmap," 17 Apr. 2019 But on the bus ride up to the start line, Sellers chatted with her competitors, and the group’s friendliness and camaraderie put her at ease. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 Every March, some of the world's best superyachts convene here for an exclusive boat race known as the Bucket Regatta, and this year Loro Piana's boat My Song was a competitor. Spencer Bailey, Town & Country, "Superyachts and Celebrities Invade St. Bart's For the Annual Boat Race," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of competitor

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for competitor

see competition

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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 How to pronounce competitor (audio) \

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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