competitor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n competitor the contestant you hope to defeat "he had respect for his rivals","he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
    • Competitor An associate; a confederate. "Every hour more competitors Flock to their aid, and still their power increaseth."
    • Competitor One who seeks what another seeks, or claims what another claims; one who competes; a rival. "And can not brook competitors in love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James & Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading rumors that the company supported the Church of Satan. The two were distributors of Amway Products, a competitor of Proctor & Gamble.
    • n competitor 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.
    • n competitor One who competes with another in zeal for the same cause; a zealous associate or confederate; a comrade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
    • n Competitor one who competes: a rival or opponent
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Quotations

  • Joe Bamford
    Joe Bamford
    “Frankly, I don't want to see a rapid upturn. I want it to hold until some of these idiotic competitors go bust.”
  • Bruce Henderson
    Bruce Henderson
    “Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses.”
  • Browning Nagle
    Browning Nagle
    “In certain situations we'd be down and the competitor in me would want to get it all back in one play. That impatience makes for bad plays, mistakes, and turnarounds.”
  • Gil Atkinson
    Gil Atkinson
    “Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.”
  • Arie de Geus
    Arie de Geus
    “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    Edward%20Hoagland
    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. compétiteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. competĕrecom, together, petĕre, to seek.

Usage

In literature:

A formidable competitor appeared in the person of Fray Domingo de Guzman, the third son of Garcilasso de la Vega.
"Fray Luis de León" by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly
A third competitor also for power appeared in Lep'idus, a man of some authority and great riches.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Our competitors catch us going and coming.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
When the magnates reassembled, the competitors set the example of acknowledging Edward as overlord.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Tallest competitor to have deepest station.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 1st, 1920" by Various
I wish it also, because M. de Hector, his only competitor, has on some occasions shown little value for the connection with us.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The competitors, in a sort of joke, had each given away one knot of his own colours.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
At personal interviews with competitors similar caution was observed.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
As a result, they will be poorer customers for each other, but very sharp competitors.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
No heat of strife hurried him into abuse of his competitors.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
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In news:

A team of competitors run to the next challenge Sunday during the Buff Betty Woman's Only Adventure Race at Greenbrier State Park.
BOWLING GREEN — Members of a local curling club, including some who will trek to Vancouver to watch competitors in the Winter Olympics, are opening the ice to the public.
Running's ultimate test, the Marathon des Sables pits competitors against some of the most grueling conditions on Earth.
Local competitors brave elements at triathlon.
Fake pot has a potent new competitor.
But its new program will also recycle inhalers made by competitors.
A Washington Heights hideaway that stocks bikes and gear for cyclists for kids, commuters, and competitors.
Differentiate yourself from competitors by enhancing value.
Around 3,000 people are expected to visit the West Bank Bridge Park on Thursday in order to sample jambalaya and gumbo cooked by more than 100 competitors.
2004 Jeg 's Engine Masters Challenge Competitors.
Reviewing the Competitors for the 2004 Jeg 's Enginemasters Challenge.
High-performance competitors push each other to do their best in an arena where everyone follows the same rules.
SANDUSKY Ã' A Las Vegas bartender was the top competitor in the inaugural Kalahari Resorts Bartender Showdown here.
Social media can offer lots of clues into your competitors' strategies.
A lawsuit filed in Milwaukee last week over lawyers' use of competitors' names as sponsored search engine keywords has drawn lots of attention among other lawyers and tech types.
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In science:

Advantages of the partial copula approach compared to competitors seem to be simplicity and generality.
Nonparametric testing of conditional independence by means of the partial copula
The potential competitors for LSB matching detection are not as numerous as for LSB replacement.
Statistical Detection of LSB Matching Using Hypothesis Testing Theory
In recent years, quality of software product and quality in service has become principles for many corporations and organizations to distinguish themselves from competitors and to cover larger market place.
Quality Assurance And Integration Testing Aspects In Web Based Applications
Simulation results showed that the second proposed entropy estimator compared favourably with their competitors in terms of bias and RMSE, as it is expected of the structure of ¯H (2) m,n,t .
Two New Entropy Estimators for Testing Exponentiality with Type-II Censored Data
Moreover, the asymptotic relative efficiencies (AREs) under non-Gaussian densities of these van der Waerden tests are uniformly larger than one with respect to their pseudo-Gaussian parametric competitors; see Section 7.
Optimal rank-based testing for principal components
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