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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For participants, the camp offered exposure to a new game. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "West Louisville Chess Club not dwelling on controversial Bevin remarks," 13 July 2018 But more than a dozen participants from several countries—most requesting anonymity out of fear of US retaliation—told the Times that the American officials surprised health experts and fellow delegates alike by fiercely opposing the resolution. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials," 9 July 2018 For the Stepanyan sisters, who are participants at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer, once each row is completed, individual strands of thread will be knotted around pairs of warp threads, varying the colors to make intricate patterns. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 But most participants, like her aunt and personal assistant Mary Jones, gush memories, analysis and feelings. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Whitney,’ a Pop Music Tragedy, Is Sad, Strange and Dismaying," 5 July 2018 Odogwu, 25, wasn't the only tryout participant with South Florida ties, however. Jordan Mcpherson And Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "He played football for the Miami Hurricanes. Now, he's trying out for WWE," 3 July 2018 Dan Schnur, a veteran analyst and longtime participant in California politics, is director of the California Influencers series for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy. Dan Schnur, sacbee, "When robots take California jobs, what happens next?," 2 July 2018 At some point, Sealy started a fight with a rally participant, pushing the person, Johnson said. Tim Stelloh /, NBC News, "Armed heckler arrested at 'Keep Families Together' rally in Alabama," 2 July 2018 The dpa news agency, citing information from unidentified participants, reported that a nearly eight-hour meeting of the CSU in Munich was put on hold after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer made his offer. Fox News, "Key Merkel ally offers to resign over migration policy," 1 July 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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