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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participant adjective

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Examples of participant in a Sentence

he seemed to be a willing participant in the prank
Recent Examples on the Web Tibbitts was not an unknowing participant in the trafficking operation, prosecutors claim. Washington Post, "Cocaine, a submarine and cash: CEO killed in plane crash was bankrolling drug empire, feds say," 2 Apr. 2021 Spike Lee was a lead participant in the launch of the latest-generation Cadillac Escalade last year. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "GM denies claims of racism by Black media group," 29 Mar. 2021 By Monday, Liddell was no longer the only participant in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament facing such attacks. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is online income worth the price? E.J. Liddell’s lament spotlights dark side of social media’s NCAA potential," 23 Mar. 2021 Fuchs, according to the Washington Post’s own reporting, was not even a participant on the call. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Trump-Georgia phone call story reopens old wounds: Everything you need to know," 17 Mar. 2021 The Cyclones have been a consistent tournament participant and won four of six Big 12 tournaments between 2013-19. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Six men's basketball coaches who are underachievers at Power Five schools based on pay," 11 Mar. 2021 Consider Iowa, a state that has not been a major participant in the past decade’s wars over voting and election rules. New York Times, "In Statehouses, Stolen-Election Myth Fuels a G.O.P. Drive to Rewrite Rules," 27 Feb. 2021 Consider Iowa, a state that has not been a major participant in the past decade’s wars over voting and election rules. Michael Wines,, "In statehouses, stolen-election myth fuels a GOP drive to rewrite rules," 27 Feb. 2021 Silverman said that while the Birmingham Jewish Federation isn’t a direct participant, its leadership has promoted the event to members. al, "A bigger picture: This Alabama Jewish film fest is no longer a local affair," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of participant

1543, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of participant was in 1543

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14 Apr 2021

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“Participant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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