Meaning of “competitor” in the English Dictionary

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"competitor" in British English

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competitornoun [ C ]

uk /kəmˈpet.ɪ.tər/ us /kəmˈpet̬.ə.t̬ɚ/

B1 a person, team, or company that is competing against others:

Their prices are better than any of their competitors.
How many competitors took part in the race?

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  • Only one competitor made a clear jump of the highest fence .
  • Their million-pound bid for the company was trumped at the last moment by an offer for almost twice as much from their main competitor.
  • Companies saddled with high debt have become inviting targets for cash-rich competitors.
  • The retail group outbid all three competitors for space in the shopping centre.
  • The payoff for years of research is a microscope which performs better than all of its competitors.

(Definition of “competitor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"competitor" in Business English

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competitornoun [ C ]

uk /kəmˈpetɪtər/ us

a person, product, company, etc. that is trying to compete with others, for example, by trying to make bigger sales in a particular market:

chief/main/major competitor At least one major competitor is gearing up to provide local service at lower prices.
domestic/foreign/overseas competitor In an effort to undercut foreign competitors, the company recently unveiled a low-end model that sells for as little as $360.
Many companies focus much of their energy on taking market share from their competitors.

(Definition of “competitor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)