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participant

[pahr-tis-uh-puh nt] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pənt/
noun
1.
a person or group that participates; partaker.
adjective
2.
participating; sharing.
Origin of participant
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin participant- (stem of participāns), present participle of participāre. See participate, -ant
Related forms
participantly, adverb
unparticipant, adjective
Synonyms
1. participator, associate, contributor, colleague.
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  • And somehow the fact that Deirdre was aboard and a participant in the secret made his exclusion an insult.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • If he could not be a participant, he would at least witness the battle.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • He is that only when he becomes a participant in the mental life of the group.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • How can an unconscious patient be a participant in a nursing situation?

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • Sometimes appearing in the wings, more often in the critic's seat, he was an onlooker rather than a participant.

Word Origin and History for participant
adj.

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

n.

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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