Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that competes with another, as in sports or business; a rival.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who competes; one who contends for and endeavors to obtain what another seeks at the same time, or claims what another claims; a rival.
  • noun One who competes with another in zeal for the same cause; a zealous associate or confederate; a comrade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who seeks what another seeks, or claims what another claims; one who competes; a rival.
  • noun obsolete An associate; a confederate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person or organization against whom one is competing.
  • noun A participant in a competition, especially in athletics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the contestant you hope to defeat

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Formed with the verb to compete and the suffix -or.

Examples

  • You might get some insights into what you are missing and you would to get to know how aggressive the competitor is at the least.

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  • Obviously, if the German government should decide to subsidize EADS (whos main competitor is Boeing), the French wouldn’t protest …

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  • Pepsi declined to discuss the trash talk with the Ad Team, but Stribling didn't: "We find it amusing that our competitor is trying to claim a space we've owned (since) the inception of Coca-Cola."

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  • The only competitor is the existing coax and copper loop combined with fiber to the DSLAM or cable head end.

    Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home

  • Second, drought has destroyed crops in competitor countries such as Russia and Ukraine.

    Amber waves of exports

  • Our main competitor on the 92S also was a long time collector who loved the coin as much as we did and was determined to add it to his amazing set (needless to say our taunting him with pics of cute puppies calling his name did not make him leave before the sale).

    THE FUN SHOW 2009 : Coin Collecting News

  • The only competitor is the existing coax and copper loop combined with fiber to the DSLAM or cable head end.

    Stat Shot: Fiber to the Home

  • When it expanded to companies, I was excited when I got to sign up by virtue of having a corporate email address and when it finally opened up to everyone, it was a club that people actually were happy to join, especially compared to its main competitor -- MySpace -- which looked like it was located in the Web's low-rent district.

    Larry Magid: The Social Network Portrays Zuckerberg As More Driven than Evil

  • BrightSource, an Oakland competitor, is licensed to build 2,600 megawatts of capacity across 14 plants.

    The Elusive Green Economy

  • When it expanded to companies, I was excited when I got to sign up by virtue of having a corporate email address and when it finally opened up to everyone, it was a club that people actually were happy to join, especially compared to its main competitor -- MySpace -- which looked like it was located in the Web's low-rent district.

    Larry Magid: The Social Network Portrays Zuckerberg As More Driven than Evil

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