Competitors are rivals or contenders for the same thing. Two boxers in a ring are competitors, and so are restaurants located on the same block.

When people compete (in sports, business, or elsewhere), they're trying to achieve the same goal and are therefore considered competitors. Two teams in the same sports division are competitors. Two politicians running for the same office are competitors. And even two guys courting the same gal are considered competitors. Competitors are out to win.

Definitions of competitor

n the contestant you hope to defeat

challenger, competition, contender, rival
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champ, champion, title-holder
someone who has won first place in a competition
someone with a promising future
a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
enemy, foe
a personal enemy
favorite, favourite, front-runner
a competitor thought likely to win
king, queen, world-beater
a competitor who holds a preeminent position
runner-up, second best
the competitor who finishes second
a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
street fighter
a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
someone who engages in a tilt or joust
mortal enemy
an enemy who wants to kill you
record-breaker, record-holder
someone who breaks a record
Type of:
a person who participates in competitions

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