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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Splitting his year between the two disciplines helped stave off the overtraining and burnout that has plagued so many talented runners—a strategy that’s now employed by top competitors like Krupicka, Foote, and Rob Krar. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Many of Exxon’s competitors are transforming their businesses to move away from oil exploration, and have begun to spend carefully and diversify into renewable energy. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry," 13 July 2018 By the end, it was believed Kavanaugh's top competitor was Hardiman. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh’s first claim as a Supreme Court nominee was bizarre," 10 July 2018 The schedule breaks favorably for Florida, too: Division competitors Missouri and South Carolina both travel to The Swamp in back-to-back weeks, as does annual cross-division rival LSU, for the second year in a row. Chris Johnson,, "First-Year Outlooks for the SEC's Six New Head Coaches in 2018," 6 July 2018 Trump’s competitors have said the seasonal nature of resort work — which picks up in the fall and drops off in the spring when wealthy snowbirds leave Palm Beach — is not attractive to American workers. Washington Post,, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers," 6 July 2018 Despite his up-and-down performance, Harmon was cheering on Malfitano and was impressed by his competitor’s technique (Malfitano used two hands, while Harmon used one). Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "‘Second is best.’ Camaraderie means more than medals at Special Olympics bowling competition," 3 July 2018 Delta’s competitors also are face rising fuel costs that could affect their flight plans. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall," 13 July 2018 Last year, competitors came from as far away as Georgia. Elaine Glusac,, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 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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