[kuh m-pet-i-ter]


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 formscom·pet·i·tor·ship, noun

Synonyms for competitor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of competitor

Historical Examples of competitor

  • 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.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke

British Dictionary definitions for competitor



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

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

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