par·​tic·​i·​pant pär-ˈti-sə-pənt How to pronounce participant (audio)
: one that participates
participants in a contest
participant adjective

Examples of participant in a Sentence

he seemed to be a willing participant in the prank
Recent Examples on the Web Following the 2023 Women’s World Cup, FIFPro, which is the global organization that represents 65,000 professional footballers, released the findings of their latest survey that shows 30% of World Cup participants earned less than $30,000 from their club and national team in the last year. Jackie Gutierrez, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Unlike earlier studies that only looked at the short-term effects of both cannabis and opioid use, this study interviewed participants over a 20-year period. Dr. Khushali Jhaveri, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 The vast majority of the participants in the killing were never brought to justice. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 One of its few guardrails merely requires the president to request that the participants disperse. Gary Fields, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 Her group has 22 lecturers and 160 volunteers teaching anti-disinformation tactics at universities, temples, fishing villages and elsewhere in Taiwan, sometimes using gifts like handmade soap to motivate participants. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2023 City officials said then that the names were kept quiet to prevent participants from being lobbied by various interest groups. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 Each participant is paired with a mentor to provide guidance, advice, and support. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 At the Laugh Factory’s annual Thanksgiving meal donation to the community on Thursday, Haddish was performing onstage and helping serve participants, with local TV news capturing the festive event. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of participant was in 1543

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“Participant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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par·​tic·​i·​pant pər-ˈtis-ə-pənt How to pronounce participant (audio)
: one that participates

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