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[kuh m-pet-i-ter] /kəmˈpɛt ɪ tər/
a person, team, company, etc., that competes; rival.
Origin of competitor
1525-35; < Latin competītor rival for an office, equivalent to com- com- + petītor seeker, claimant (see petitor)
Related forms
competitorship, noun Unabridged
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  • This entrance was reserved for the judges, the competitors, and the heralds.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • He had able competitors, but he was a strong man amongst them.

  • The latter ordered the road to refuse to carry the product of their competitors.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • He paid a contingent fee and was listed as one of the competitors.

  • Are they not competitors in the greatest of all contests, and have they not innumerable rivals?

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for competitors


a person, group, team, firm, etc, that vies or competes; rival
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Word Origin and History for competitors



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

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