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



  • noncompetitor
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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 In the regular Senate election, while none of the competitors reach the state's 50% threshold to avoid a runoff, GOP Sen. David Perdue registers 45% of the vote against Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico (42%), Teresa Tomlinson (44%), and Jon Ossoff (47%). Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden narrowly beating Trump in Georgia, poll shows," 19 May 2020 The new owners, Charles Stauffer and Wesley Knorpp, bought the Phoenix Evening Gazette, the second of The Republican’s two original competitors, and changed the name of The Arizona Republican to The Arizona Republic. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Arizona Republic at 130 years old: 'First, last and all the time a newspaper'," 19 May 2020 Dancing online has its own challenges, since there isn't a crowd to pump up the competitors. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Menomonee Falls High School student is one of three U.S. dancers competing in an online world krump competition," 8 May 2020 The four competitors are United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, and Blue Origin. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Military space plane returns to pad, SLS engine costs soar," 8 May 2020 Created by Inspired Entertainment, the simulation will use data algorithms to help determine the probability of the competitors' finishing positions. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus daily roundup: Kentucky cases plateau, Derby goes virtual and more," 23 Apr. 2020 Apple and Google’s work in contact tracing has been a rare example of collaboration for the normally fierce tech competitors. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "‘It’s noisy’: Competing Covid-19 efforts could hamper progress, experts warn," 23 Apr. 2020 The queens have to do all this while projecting a likable reality TV persona and outdoing not only each other but, implicitly, the competitors of previous seasons. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Demands the Impossible — and Therein Lies Its Greatness," 17 Apr. 2020 Here’s a look at the competitors facing off Sunday evening: Semifinal matchups Just like in Round 1, the players compete shot-for-shot in the traditional playground game. oregonlive, "ESPN HORSE Tournament finals: Time, TV Channel, how to watch live stream online (4/16/2020)," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of competitor was in 1534

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Competitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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