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.

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 Dana Sherwonit, mom to competitor Ayden, said her son looks forward to the teamwork with the other athletes. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 6 Aug. 2022 A few hundred meters down the road, a competitor had affixed an image of a beach umbrella with dangling stars to the front door. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Amazon evidently conceived of the film as a potential Oscar competitor. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Today, most in the airline industry believe that $3.8 billion is too much to pay for Spirit, especially given the chance that regulators won’t approve a deal that puts a low-cost, low-fare carrier together with a higher cost, higher-fare competitor. Ted Reed, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Some are speculating that the government has sent heavy security to the riftvalley counties, the backyard of Odinga’s closest competitor William Ruto leaving Kisumu city unsecured. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 3 Aug. 2022 The nation's largest supermarket chain, Kroger stock fell out of Wall Street's favor in mid-2017 when tech juggernaut Amazon suddenly became a direct competitor by acquiring Whole Foods. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 2 Aug. 2022 Known lovingly as The Professor, this tall competitor (at 6'2'') is a fan favorite. Gabrielle Kassel, Men's Health, 2 Aug. 2022 Each competitor was presented 200 targets over two days. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2022 See More

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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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competitive point



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11 Aug 2022

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“Competitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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