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competitor

[kuh m-pet-i-ter] /kəmˈpɛt ɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person, team, company, etc., that competes; rival.
Origin of competitor
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin competītor rival for an office, equivalent to com- com- + petītor seeker, claimant (see petitor)
Related forms
competitorship, noun
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  • Soon afterward she married her competitor, who appointed her his assistant.

  • But, indeed, what is there he could not talk equal to any competitor?

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • You thought you were making a customer; what you made was a competitor.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • My competitor never told you that he got wounded endurin' the war.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • The rector proved himself a competitor worthy of the minister's mettle.

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    Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for competitor

competitor

/kəmˈpɛtɪtə/
noun
1.
a person, group, team, firm, etc, that vies or competes; rival
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Word Origin and History for competitor
n.

1530s, from Middle French compétiteur (16c.), or directly from Latin competitor "rival," agent noun from competere (see compete).

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