[ 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 formscom·pet·i·tor·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for competitors


/ (kəmˈpɛtɪtə) /


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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