Definition of competitor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpetɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpetɪtər//
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  1. 1a person or an organization that competes against others, especially in business our main/major competitor We produce cheaper goods than our competitors. Wordfinderagent, business, company, competitor, customer, director, employ, franchise, manager, shareholder See related entries: Economy
  2. 2a person who takes part in a competition Over 200 competitors entered the race.
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French compétiteur or Latin competitor, from competit- ‘striven for’, from the verb competere, from com- ‘together’ + petere ‘aim at, seek’.Extra examples She is one of the sport’s top competitors. Ten competitors entered the race. The company has no serious competitors in this area. The industry is facing increasingly strong foreign competitors. fierce competitors for the dominant position in the Asian market He is the oldest competitor in this year’s London Marathon. Who is your main competitor?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: competitor