par·​tic·​i·​pant | \ pär-ˈti-sə-pənt How to pronounce participant (audio) , pər-\

Definition of participant

: one that participates participants in a contest

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Other Words from participant

participant adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for participant


actor, partaker, participator, party, player, sharer



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Examples of participant in a Sentence

he seemed to be a willing participant in the prank

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As part of the exhibition, the Cause Collective will also be presenting a documentary on their recent tour through Mexico and highlighting a selection of videos from participants there. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "A Globe-Trotting, Truth-Seeking Art Project Looks For Answers in D.C.," 14 June 2019 The San Juan Skyway Adventure offers a week-long road ride through Colorado’s southwest mountains, taking up to 10 participants to cities such as Telluride and Silverton, and stopping at seven of the region’s coolest craft breweries along the way. Monica Parpal Stockbridge, The Know, "5 summer adventures crafted around craft beer," 12 June 2019 There is also less regulatory oversight for 403(b)s which can put more of the responsibility on participants to manage their accounts. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, "Simply Money: Want to thrive during retirement? Focus on these four things," 12 June 2019 Since then, the participants have been repeatedly surveyed; most recently, most of them were interviewed at the age of 55. The Economist, "The benefits of pre-schooling may extend for generations," 11 June 2019 Others say that the function of the trip is not to educate participants about Palestinians. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "Birthright Trips, a Rite of Passage for Many Jews, Are Now a Target of Protests," 11 June 2019 The race is considered one of the most difficult triathlons and features many elite participants., "An escape from Alcatraz to the city," 9 June 2019 Among junior varsity participants, David Schitz of Lake Geneva Badger was first, with 98. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019 Over the first five seasons of the CFP, 12 of the 20 participants — 60 percent — faced at least one non-league foe in November. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How CU Buffs coach Mel Tucker would fix what ails the Pac-12," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of participant

1543, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of participant

: a person who is involved in an activity or event : a person who participates in an activity or event


par·​tic·​i·​pant | \ pər-ˈti-sə-pənt How to pronounce participant (audio) , pär-\

Kids Definition of participant

: a person who takes part in something contest participants

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