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[pahr-tis-uh-puh nt] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pənt/
a person or group that participates; partaker.
participating; sharing.
Origin of participant
1520-30; < Latin participant- (stem of participāns), present participle of participāre. See participate, -ant
Related forms
participantly, adverb
unparticipant, adjective
1. participator, associate, contributor, colleague. Unabridged
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  • participants were to decide how much hot sauce to give to a participant purportedly taking part in a food-tasting study.
  • It's a blowout affair that includes an unlimited number of roasted ears for every participant.
  • So, judge not the sport, but rather the individual participant.
  • So the verification was not perfect, only being able to show if a participant had smoked within the last few days.
  • In both instances, one is ultimately a participant in a conversation.
  • As a corollary he says that meetings should never end without an agreement on what next step each participant is expected to take.
  • The balance of cost and reliability then tips in favor of the human participant, expensive though it is to bring him to the scene.
  • Each participant's intelligence was measured before taking the first test and after each training session.
  • The two pictures were always of people of the same race, but were only sometimes the same race as the participant.
  • We recorded their reaction times and found that responses were much faster when the participant was not attracted to someone.
Word Origin and History for participant

1540s, from Latin participantem (nominative participans), present participle of participare "to share in, partake of," from particeps "sharing, partaking" (see participation).


1560s, from Middle French participant, from Latin participantem (nominative participans), present participle of participare "to share in, partake of" from particeps "sharing, partaking" (see participation).

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