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 other competitors gathered their wits and headed into the night, saying the same four words recited each autumn by fans of every team but the one that wins the World Series: Wait till next year. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Many try, but few finish, the world’s toughest baseball quiz," 17 Sep. 2019 The competitors will tackle six single BurgerFi Cheeseburgers with Kraft-Heinz signature Mayochup (ketchup, mayonnaise and a special blend of spices), while Kobayashi will take on 18 single BurgerFi cheeseburgers in the five-minute contest. Ira Winderman,, "Heat’s Bam Adebayo to take on competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in cheeseburger-eating contest," 16 Sep. 2019 The competitor was surprised by the support of some of the hospital staff who helped save her life. Simon Perry,, "Prince Harry’s 'Champion' Athlete Elizabeth Marks Gets Big Surprise at Her Latest Swim Competition," 13 Sep. 2019 Taurasi has been the ultimate competitor in do-or-die WNBA playoff elimination games, going 13-1 in her career, with her lone loss coming against Seattle in the semifinals last season. Doug Feinberg,, "WNBA postseason gets underway with pair of first-round games," 11 Sep. 2019 The competitors both debuted in September 2013 before being legally authorized by the state legislature the following spring. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Uber and Lyft have made Denver a testing ground," 11 Sep. 2019 She was let go in the next round, and then brought back to form the group Fifth Harmony, with four of the other competitors: Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Normani and the Work of the Pop Princess," 1 Sep. 2019 While the Honda Insight is among the most-direct competitors, it is sold in three trim levels with starting prices ranging to $29,270. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE: A versatile 52 mpg," 30 Aug. 2019 When one North Carolina location ran out of chicken, a Chick-fil-A employee across the street handed out the competitor's sandwiches to Popeyes workers. Fox News, "Tennessee man sues Popeyes over fruitless (or chickenless) hunt for sold-out sandwich," 29 Aug. 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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