Definition of participant in English:



  • A person who takes part in something.

    ‘eager students would become firsthand participants in an archaeological exploration’
    • ‘It works as a conference call and the participants take part from the comfort of their own homes.’
    • ‘These were the questions asked by participants at a recent conference in Paris.’
    • ‘Overall, most of the participants believed that the point of care test was beneficial.’
    • ‘The most depressing aspect of the series is the apparently willing supply of participants.’
    • ‘It is even more surprising when that person is engaged in the art of politics as an active participant.’
    • ‘The jump was a challenge, designed to help him and other participants overcome their fears.’
    • ‘All participants were asked to list all the animals they could think of in a one-minute period.’
    • ‘Several drivers had to swerve to avoid him and the safety car had to be deployed to protect participants.’
    • ‘The participants should discuss the impact of these skills on the patient and doctor.’
    • ‘In order to calculate the contribution of a participant the following information is to be ascertained.’
    • ‘We would appreciate your support either as a sponsor or as a participant in this event.’
    • ‘Sport is opportunistic and participants capitalise on the misfortune of others.’
    • ‘Surely the participants in these discussions are the living proof of Boris's thesis.’
    • ‘At the end of the shadowing period participants will apply for public office.’
    • ‘Sadly, the majority of expected participants were not as enthusiastic as myself.’
    • ‘He approached such topics from his position as an atheist and an active participant in socialist politics.’
    • ‘All participants will gain points with which to compete for a jeep at the end of the year.’
    • ‘The hope is that participants will network with people they meet at the centre on completing a course.’
    • ‘The researcher is often a participant of an organization or member of a community for many months or years.’
    • ‘At the same time, the participant also agrees to attend a healthy living and a drugs awareness programme.’
    participator, contributor, sharer, party, member, partaker
    entrant, competitor, player, contestant, contender, candidate
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Late Middle English: from Latin participant-, literally sharing in from the verb participare (see participate).