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 250-employee company has a flock of bug-bounty competitors with exotic names like Synack, Bugcrowd,, and Yeswehack. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The Best Way to Thwart Hackers and Cyber Crooks—Data Sheet," 30 Aug. 2019 Byrne was an early investor in internet commerce, buying Overstock in 1999 and developing it into a multi-million-dollar business, despite the growth of competitors like Amazon. Billy Perrigo, Time, "The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming 'Deep State' Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here's What to Know," 23 Aug. 2019 College Daily’s success can be partly attributed to its lack of direct competitors. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News," 19 Aug. 2019 Professionals will almost certainly be better off with one of the stabilizers DJI makes for bigger cameras (or one from one of DJI’s competitors). Becca Farsace, The Verge, "The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 finally fits in your bag," 19 Aug. 2019 Lafair says the other biggest tweak to come out of playtesting involved how many district lines to allow a player to place each turn—three made turns too short, five took too long, so four became the standard no matter the amount of competitors. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering game that puts the fun in undermining democracy," 19 Aug. 2019 The first station on the course challenged pairs of competitors to jump into the reservoir, swim 25 yards to a buoy and then back to shore. Slade Rand,, "The Connecticut SWAT Challenge brings police officers and military personnel from across the country to the state," 15 Aug. 2019 In addition, his national profile couldn’t compare to those of competitors such as Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 presidential race, giving Colorado’s U.S. Senate race “serious thought”," 15 Aug. 2019 The first 72 acts to register will make up the field of competitors. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Battle of the Bands competition revived at the Hi-Fi and the Vogue," 14 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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The first known use of competitor was in 1534

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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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