par·​tic·​i·​pant | \pär-ˈti-sə-pənt, 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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Though more research is needed, participants in studies reported thicker hair after three to six months of daily use. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 Sitting next to Louis, Liam was more than happy to clap along and show his support for participants in the reality competition. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne Had a Mini One Direction Reunion During an Episode of "X-Factor UK"," 14 Oct. 2018 Members of that last category include participants in the Grand 2 Grand Ultra (G2G), an annual 170-mile ultra race (an ultra distance is anything longer than 26.2 miles) that starts at the rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes at the Grand Staircase. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Pro Ultrarunner Jax Mariash Explains What It’s Like to Train for the 170-Mile Grand 2 Grand Ultra," 20 Sep. 2018 Bikinis are optional for participants in Over-the-Line’s Miss Emerson Contest. Karla Peterson,, "Over-the-Line's Miss Emerson Contest isn't what you think it is," 13 July 2018 For participants, this distinction can be frustrating. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Report advocates broader return of research results," 10 July 2018 Perhaps—but with just a few dozen graduates to speak of, some of whom are still job-searching, signing on is still somewhat of a gamble for early participants. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018 Beyond the business side of the company, Butcher admires Markison’s efforts to make the sport better and healthier for all participants. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Athalonz's Tim Markison helping make sports 'healthy for the future'," 28 June 2018 North Korea is believed to give priority to people deemed loyal to the government when making its selection for participants. Choe Sang-hun,, "North and South Korea agree to hold reunions of families divided by war," 22 June 2018

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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, pär-\

Kids Definition of participant

: a person who takes part in something contest participants

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