A participant is a person who participates, or takes part in something. Vote on Election Day and you've just taken part in or become a participant in United States democracy.

Participants play a role in the unfolding of events. A contestant is a participant on a game show. A football player is a participant in the sport. Someone talking is a participant in a conversation. You can sometimes be a participant without taking an active role — if you watch a crime taking place and do nothing to stop it, you might be called a passive participant.

Definitions of participant
  1. noun
    someone who takes part in an activity
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    attendant, attendee, attender, meeter
    a person who is present and participates in a meeting
    a participant in a formal discussion
    a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony
    bridegroom, groom
    a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
    masker, masquer, masquerader
    a participant in a masquerade
    partaker, sharer
    someone who has or gives or receives a part or a share
    an important participant (as in a business deal)
    a participant in a religious retreat
    a discussant who offers an example or a reason or a proof
    someone who attends a convention
    someone who is attending a party
    someone who shares in and contributes to a general fund for use by all
    someone who participates in a symposium
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    a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
  2. noun
    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
    synonyms: player
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    Henry Louis Aaron
    United States professional baseball player who hit more home runs than Babe Ruth (born in 1934)
    Arthur Robert Ashe
    United States tennis player who was the first Black to win United States and English singles championships (1943-1993)
    Lawrence Peter Berra
    United States baseball player (born 1925)
    John Donald Budge
    United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)
    Maureen Catherine Connolly
    United States tennis player who was the first woman to win the United States, British, French, and Australian championships in the same year (1953) (1934-1969)
    James Scott Connors
    outstanding United States tennis player (born in 1952)
    Margaret Court
    Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
    Ely Culbertson
    United States authority on contract bridge whose books helped to popularize the game (1891-1955)
    Dwight Filley Davis
    United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
    Joseph Paul DiMaggio
    United States professional baseball player noted for his batting ability (1914-1999)
    Christine Marie Evert
    United States tennis player who won women's singles titles in the United States and at Wimbledon (born in 1954)
    Robert James Fischer
    United States chess master; world champion from 1972 to 1975 (born in 1943)
    Henry Louis Gehrig
    baseball player who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (1903-1941)
    Althea Gibson
    United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)
    Stephanie Graf
    German tennis player who won seven women's singles titles at Wimbledon (born in 1969)
    Wayne Gretzky
    high-scoring Canadian ice-hockey player (born in 1961)
    William Benjamin Hogan
    United States golfer who won many major golf tournaments (1912-1997)
    Gordie Howe
    Canadian hockey player who holds the record for playing the most games (born 1928)
    Edmond Hoyle
    English writer on card games (1672-1769)
    Robert Tyre Jones
    United States golfer (1902-1971)
    Anatoli Yevgenevich Karpov
    Russian chess master who was world champion from 1975 until 1985 when he was defeated by Gary Kasparov (born in 1951)
    Gary Weinstein
    Azerbaijani chess master who became world champion in 1985 by defeating Anatoli Karpov (born in 1963)
    Billie Jean Moffitt King
    United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)
    Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi
    Russian chess master (born in 1931)
    Rodney George Laver
    Australian tennis player who in 1962 was the second man to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles titles in the same year; in 1969 he repeated this feat (born in 1938)
    Ivan Lendl
    United States tennis player (born in Czechoslovakia) who won several singles championships; in 1992 he became a United States citizen (born in 1960)
    Mickey Charles Mantle
    United States baseball player (1931-1997)
    Willie Howard Mays Jr.
    United States baseball player (born in 1931)
    John Joseph McGraw
    United States baseball player and manager (1873-1934)
    Helen Newington Wills
    United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (1905-1998)
    Stanley Frank Musial
    United States baseball player (born in 1920)
    Martina Navratilova
    United States tennis player (born in Czechoslovakia) who won nine Wimbledon women's singles championships (born in 1956)
    Jack William Nicklaus
    United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
    Gregory John Norman
    Australian golfer (born in 1955)
    Robert Orr
    Canadian hockey player (born 1948)
    Leroy Robert Paige
    United States baseball player; a black pitcher noted for his longevity (1906-1982)
    Arnold Daniel Palmer
    United States golfer (born in 1929)
    Jack Roosevelt Robinson
    United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)
    George Herman Ruth
    United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)
    Gene Sarazen
    United States golfer who was first to win all four major golf tournaments (1902-1999)
    Monica Seles
    United States tennis player (born in Yugoslavia in 1973)
    Samuel Jackson Snead
    United States golfer known for the graceful arc of his swing (1912-2002)
    Boris Vasilevich Spassky
    Russian chess master who moved to Paris; world champion from 1969 to 1972 (born in 1937)
    William Tatem Tilden Jr.
    United States tennis player who dominated men's tennis in the 1920s (1893-1953)
    Lee Buck Trevino
    United States golfer (born in 1939)
    Virginia Wade
    English tennis player who won many women's singles titles (born in 1945)
    Theodore Samuel Williams
    United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002)
    Carl Yastrzemski
    United States baseball player (born in 1939)
    Danton True Young
    United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
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    ballplayer, baseball player
    an athlete who plays baseball
    billiard player
    someone who plays billiards
    a player who rolls balls down an alley at pins
    card player
    someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
    chess player
    someone who plays the game of chess
    dart player
    someone who plays the game of darts
    football player, footballer
    an athlete who plays American football
    golf player, golfer, linksman
    someone who plays the game of golf
    a player of exceptional or world class skill in chess or bridge
    hockey player, ice-hockey player
    an athlete who plays hockey
    lacrosse player
    an athlete who plays lacrosse
    MVP, most valuable player
    the player judged to be the most important to the sport
    a player in a team sport who leads attacks or maneuvers in such a way that a teammate can score
    pool player
    someone who shoots pool
    a player who makes a score in a game or contest
    seed, seeded player
    one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    (court games) the player who serves to start a point
    (sports) a player who drives or kicks a ball at the goal (or a basketball player who shoots at the basket)
    soccer player
    an athlete who plays soccer
    a member of a squad on a team
    tennis player
    an athlete who plays tennis
    volleyball player
    someone who plays the game of volleyball
    (football) a person who plays in the backfield
    ball carrier, runner
    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
    base runner, runner
    a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)
    batsman, batter, hitter, slugger
    (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
    a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
    bridge player, hand
    a card player in a game of bridge
    a player who holds a card or cards in a card game
    card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
    a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
    (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
    chess master
    a chess player of great skill
    a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
    the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game
    a golfer who hits the golf ball with a driver
    elder hand, eldest hand
    the card player on the dealer's left
    a member of the baseball team that is in the field instead of at bat
    football hero
    a football player who has achieved a reputation for success
    goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, netkeeper, netminder
    the soccer or hockey player assigned to protect the goal
    golf pro, professional golfer
    someone who earns a living by playing or teaching golf
    someone who plays golf poorly
    a golfer whose shots typically curve left (for right-handed golfers)
    International Grandmaster
    a chess player who has been awarded the highest title by an international chess organization
    a player who kicks the football
    line backer, linebacker
    a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
    one of the players on the line of scrimmage
    little leaguer
    a player between 8 and 12 years of age who is a member of a little-league team
    big leaguer, major leaguer
    a member of a major-league baseball team
    medal winner, medalist, medallist
    (golf) the winner at medal play of a tournament
    bush leaguer, minor leaguer
    a player on a minor-league baseball team
    a poor chess player
    hurler, pitcher, twirler
    (baseball) the person who does the pitching
    a golfer who is putting
    pass catcher, pass receiver, receiver
    a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
    the tennis player who receives the serve
    the card player who shuffles the cards
    a golfer whose shots typically curve right (for right-handed golfers)
    a football player who tackles the ball carrier
    professional tennis player, tennis pro
    someone who earns a living playing or teaching tennis
    utility man
    a baseball player valued for the ability to play at several positions
    a hockey player stationed in a forward position on either side
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    a person who participates in competitions
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