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.

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The show proved this once again this weekend, when nearly the entire fifth season cast reunited for one competitor's wedding—that of Martha Collinson. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Great British Baking Show Alums Reunite for Martha Collison's Wedding," 9 Apr. 2019 High-end college consultant Allen Koh was shocked to learn his colleague and competitor Rick Singer pleaded guilty to crimes including conspiracy and racketeering. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Sixteen Parents Indicted in College Admissions Scandal," 9 Apr. 2019 Shown below, Lauren, a former Baylor soccer player, faced off against fellow competitor Aurora McCreary. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Survivor' Sparks Controversy for the Show's Reaction to Lauren O'Connell's Scary Fall," 4 Apr. 2019 Microsoft may have been hedging its bets against an upstart competitor, but Netscape saw the overture as an intimidation tactic. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web," 4 Apr. 2019 After all, Microsoft’s ebook competitor was Amazon, whose mammoth online bookstore already boasted tons of titles that could be downloaded and read within Amazon’s full-featured Kindle app. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft has closed its e-bookstore, and everything you purchased will vanish in July," 2 Apr. 2019 The number that are A320neo jets, the chief competitor to the Boeing Max, will be determined later, an Airbus spokeswoman said. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training," 25 Mar. 2019 But instead of showing off designer outfits to a panel of judges, the competitors will be showing off designer rooms. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Genevieve Gorder’s New Show Is Like Project Runway for Interior Designers," 19 Mar. 2019 The nearest competitor is likely Acer's Predator Triton 500 which has the same CPU, and same amount of RAM as the Predator Helios and same resolution and refresh panel too. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 6 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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an enemy or opponent

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