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participant

[pahr-tis-uh-puh nt]
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noun
  1. a person or group that participates; partaker.
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adjective
  1. participating; sharing.
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Origin of participant

1520–30; < Latin participant- (stem of participāns), present participle of participāre. See participate, -ant
Related formspar·tic·i·pant·ly, adverbun·par·tic·i·pant, adjective

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1. participator, associate, contributor, colleague.
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adj.

1540s, from Latin participantem (nominative participans), present participle of participare "to share in, partake of," from particeps "sharing, partaking" (see participation).

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n.

1560s, from Middle French participant, from Latin participantem (nominative participans), present participle of participare "to share in, partake of" from particeps "sharing, partaking" (see participation).

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