com·​pet·​i·​tor kəm-ˈpe-tə-tər How to pronounce competitor (audio)
: one that competes: such as
: rival
a fierce competitor on the soccer field
: one selling or buying goods or services in the same market as another
offering lower prices than our competitors
: an organism that lives in competition with another
The squid population increased dramatically when food competitors were depleted by heavy overfishing.

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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Word History


see competition

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of competitor was in 1534

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“Competitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


com·​pet·​i·​tor kəm-ˈpet-ət-ər How to pronounce competitor (audio)
: one that competes especially in the selling of goods or services : rival

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