What does competitor mean?

Definitions for competitor
kəmˈpɛt ɪ tərcom·peti·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rival, challenger, competitor, competition, contendernoun

    the contestant you hope to defeat

    "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"


  1. competitornoun

    A person or organization against whom one is competing.

  2. competitornoun

    A participant in a competition, especially in athletics.

  3. Etymology: Formed with the verb to compete and the suffix -or.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Competitornoun

    Etymology: con and petitor, Latin.

    How furious and impatient they be,
    And cannot brook competitors in love. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andron.

    Some undertake suits with purpose to let them fall, to gratify the competitor. Francis Bacon, Essay 50.

    Cicereius and Scipio were competitors for the office of prætor. Tatler, №. 86.

    He who trusts in God has the advantage in present felicity; and, when we take futurity into the account, stands alone, and is acknowledged to have no competitor. John Rogers, Serm. 19.

    Selymes, king of Algiers, was in arms against his brother Mechemetes, competitor of the kingdom. Richard Knolles, History.

    The Guilfords are in arms,
    And every hour more competitors
    Flock to the rebels. William Shakespeare, Richard III.


  1. competitor

    Competition is a rivalry where two or more parties strive for a common goal which cannot be shared: where one's gain is the other's loss (an example of which is a zero-sum game). Competition can arise between entities such as organisms, individuals, economic and social groups, etc. The rivalry can be over attainment of any exclusive goal, including recognition: Competition occurs in nature, between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment. Animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans usually compete for food and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, power, prestige, and fame when in a static, repetitive, or unchanging environment. Competition is a major tenet of market economies and business, often associated with business competition as companies are in competition with at least one other firm over the same group of customers. Competition inside a company is usually stimulated with the larger purpose of meeting and reaching higher quality of services or improved products that the company may produce or develop. Competition is often considered to be the opposite of cooperation, however in the real world, mixtures of cooperation and competition are the norm. In economies, as the philosopher R. G. Collingwood argued "the presence of these two opposites together is essential to an economic system. The parties to an economic action co-operate in competing, like two chess players". Optimal strategies to achieve goals are studied in the branch of mathematics known as game theory. Competition has been studied in several fields, including psychology, sociology and anthropology. Social psychologists, for instance, study the nature of competition. They investigate the natural urge of competition and its circumstances. They also study group dynamics, to detect how competition emerges and what its effects are. Sociologists, meanwhile, study the effects of competition on society as a whole. Additionally, anthropologists study the history and prehistory of competition in various cultures. They also investigate how competition manifested itself in various cultural settings in the past, and how competition has developed over time.


  1. competitor

    A competitor is an individual, entity or organization that challenges or competes with another for the same resources, goals, prizes or market area. This term is typically used in a business context to refer to organizations pursuing the same customers or markets, often offering similar products or services.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competitornoun

    one who seeks what another seeks, or claims what another claims; one who competes; a rival

  2. Competitornoun

    an associate; a confederate

  3. Etymology: [L.: cf. F. comptiteur.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'competitor' in Nouns Frequency: #1704

Anagrams for competitor »

  1. topometric

  2. optometric

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of competitor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of competitor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of competitor in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Mouratoglou:

    It's not that she doesn't want( it), i think her number one quality is to be the best competitor ever, and I don't want to think that suddenly she needs someone to be a better competitor. That would make her weaker.

  2. Dennis Schroder:

    I want to be in a winning mentality organization,” Schroder said. “I just can’t go out there and try to lose. I’m a competitor. I try to give everything out there. I want the organization to feel the same way.”

  3. Burt Flickinger:

    Ocado is a consumer's dream and a competitor's nightmare, and the competitor that's going to get caught in the crossfire is clearly Amazon.

  4. Burt Flickinger:

    The Ocado partnership is the best investment the Kroger Company's ever made in the last 25 years, ocado is a consumer's dream and a competitor's nightmare, and the competitor that's going to get caught in the crossfire is clearly Amazon.

  5. Charles Lauller:

    Regardless what you do or what business you're in, time is more often than not your fiercest competitor.

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