competitor

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
  1. noun
    the contestant you hope to defeat
    synonyms: challenger, competition, contender, rival
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    champ, champion, title-holder
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    comer
    someone with a promising future
    finalist
    a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
    enemy, foe, nemesis
    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
    scratch
    a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
    semifinalist
    one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
    street fighter
    a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
    tier
    any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
    tilter
    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
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    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
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