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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For the marquee competitors in the both the men’s and women’s events, there are two sets of eyes focused on counting the dogs, while a third judge flips the counter panels. Torrey Hart,, "For Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Judges, It's 'A Lot of Counting'," 4 July 2019 Ed was a lifelong fellow competitor of mine and has always been my idol. Gary Curreri,, "Southern Regional barefoot ski event to honor late member," 3 July 2019 Dreamtsoft is a competitor to ServiceNow, even rolling out with two programs that mirror the tech giant’s lead products: software IT and customer relationship management (CRM). Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How $52B software giant ServiceNow is seeding San Diego’s startup scene," 3 July 2019 Wyoming Gillette: The final deadline for competitors in a carbon-capture contest has been extended by four months. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 At this writing, there are 25 major competitors for the presidency. Ramona Sentinel, "Ask Mr. Marketing: I’m dropping my presidential bid," 25 June 2019 Aspects of the deal are still uncertain — including whether or not Abrams will be allowed to direct films for competitors, which was a clause in his previous deal. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot may sign an exclusive deal with AT&T’s WarnerMedia for $500 million," 17 June 2019 Tyson, with a large industry footprint, will be powerful competitor. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Tyson, America's largest meat producer, sinks its teeth into fake meat," 13 June 2019 Don't miss the pod from yesterday, when special guest star Mike Memoli took a look at how Joe Biden's campaign schedule compares to the day-to-day events for his competitors. NBC News, "The 2020 Democratic race remains stuck in place," 4 June 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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