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 Alton was supposed to be this wildly athletic physical competitor, but one little hike, and he's done? Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: All Stars recap: Double elimination twist knocks out two favorites," 30 Apr. 2021 Still, the BATs’ financial firepower hasn’t prevented the emergence of another highly innovative competitor in recent years: Bytedance, owner of TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Profits and Politics in China’s Tech Crackdown," 30 Apr. 2021 The Ravens selected Georgia guard Ben Cleveland with the No. 94 pick in the NFL draft Friday, adding another competitor to an unsettled interior offensive line. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens take Georgia guard Ben Cleveland with third-round pick," 30 Apr. 2021 Vivint had to pay $10 million in 2018 to settle a lawsuit with a competitor that alleged that Vivint representatives were impersonating their salespeople. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Vivint reaches $20M settlement with FTC over allegations of fraudulent use of credit reports," 29 Apr. 2021 Managers must give feedback across discovery, objection handling, competitor mention and outcomes. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Business Leaders Share Their Most Effective Sales Training Techniques," 28 Apr. 2021 Ja'Marr Chase, LSU Pros: A true competitor who attacks the ball with his hands and plays through contact. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft wide receiver rankings: Ja'Marr Chase, Devonta Smith among top WR prospects," 27 Apr. 2021 Impossible Foods, Beyond's main competitor, raised $500 million last year and later announced plans to double its research and development team. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Beyond Meat is launching a new meatless burger it says tastes more like real beef," 27 Apr. 2021 With more businesses than ever now leaning into remote work for the long term, a competitor doesn't need to be located in the same city to poach employees. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "How Franklin Templeton plans to win the war for talent by making remote work fair," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Competitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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