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competitor (n.)

1530s, "one who competes in rivalry (with another), a rival," from French compétiteur (16c.), or directly from Latin competitor "rival," agent noun from past-participle stem of competere (see compete). As "one placed in a competition," 1650s.

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Definitions of competitor from WordNet

competitor (n.)
the contestant you hope to defeat;
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