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Participants in games and competitions

all-comers

noun

all the people who want to take part in an activity, especially a race or competition, with no limits on their age, ability, or experience

candidate

noun

one of the people competing for a prize

the competition

noun

the person, company, or thing that someone is competing with: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

competitor

noun

someone who takes part in a sports competition

contender

noun

someone who competes with other people for a prize or job

contestant

noun

someone who takes part in a contest

entrant

noun

someone who enters a competition or examination

favorite

the American spelling of favourite

favourite

noun

the person or animal that is expected to win a race or competition

field

noun

all the people or animals taking part in a race or competition: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

hopeful

noun

someone who wants to succeed or who seems likely to win

hot favourite

noun

the person or animal that most people expect to win something

loser

noun

someone who did not win a race, competition, fight etc

nomination

noun

a book, film, actor etc that has been suggested to receive an honour or a prize

nominee

noun

someone who has been officially suggested for a job or a prize

Olympian

noun

someone who competes in the Olympic Games

the opposition

noun

a person, team, business, or group that someone is competing against

outsider

noun

a person or animal who seems to have no chance of winning a competition

protagonist

noun

one of the main people or groups involved in an argument, battle, or competition

pushover

noun

someone who is easy to influence or persuade, or an opponent who is easy to defeat

rival

noun

a person, team, or business that competes with another

runner-up

noun

a person or team that does not win a competition or race but is second, or is close to winning

shoo-in

noun

someone who seems certain to win something, for example an election or a competition

starter

noun

a person or horse that takes part in a race or game when it starts

teammate

noun

someone who is in the same team as you

underdog

noun

a person, team, or group that seems least likely to win a game, competition, election etc

a good/bad loser

someone who behaves well/badly when they have lost

a sore loser

someone who becomes upset or angry when they lose a game or competition

rank outsider

someone who no one expects to win a race or competition

the odds-on favourite

the person or animal that people think is certain to win a race or competition

the weak/weakest link (in the chain)

the weakest part of a group, plan, or team

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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