com·pe·ti·tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən \

Definition of competition 

1 : the act or process of competing : rivalry: such as

a : the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure the business of a third party by offering the most favorable terms contractors in competition for the contract to build the new school

b : active demand by two or more organisms or kinds of organisms for some environmental resource in short supply the interspecies competition for food

2 : a contest between rivals a gymnastics competition also : one's competitors faced tough competition

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Synonyms & Antonyms for competition


challenger, competitor, contender, contestant, corrival, rival



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Examples of competition in a Sentence

Prices are lower when there is competition among the stores. Don't let the competition know our trade secrets. They had a competition to see who could sell the most lemonade.
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Shepherd hopes to become just the fourth person since the competition started in 1949 to win back-to-back USGA girls junior championships, joining Judy Eller (1957-58), Hollis Stacy (1969-70-71), and Eun Jeong Seong (2015-16). Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 More difficult competition awaits during the regular season. Josh Robbins,, "Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba gave Magic hope at summer league," 14 July 2018 The winner of the 2017 NBA slam dunk competition, Robinson represented an intriguing mixture of shooting and athleticism in a young prospect. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Regional competitions like Copa América and the European Championship (as well as, to a lesser extent, the CONCACAF Gold Cup) will allow new talents to emerge. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 My final circuit focuses on high heart rate, core, or competition-specific movements. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Americans legally gambling on this weekend’s World Cup final and other athletic competitions primarily are doing so in person at a limited number of casinos. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018 Collins' Schaefer wins MVP The TGCA also hosted softball, volleyball, cross country/track and cheerleading 5A-6A and 1A-4A all-star competitions at Arlington Lamar and Arlington ISD's Workman Softball Complex. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Hastings PG Tatiyanna Riley competes in all-star game," 13 July 2018 Digne is reportedly also of interest to Juventus and Bayern Munich, however, meaning that Everton may struggle to beat off higher profile competition to secure the Frenchman’s services., "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of competition

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for competition

Late Latin competition-, competitio, from Latin competere — see compete

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English Language Learners Definition of competition

: the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as a prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win : the act or process of competing

: actions that are done by people, companies, etc., that are competing against each other

the competition : a person or group that you are trying to succeed against : a person or group that you are competing with


com·pe·ti·tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən \

Kids Definition of competition

1 : the act or process of trying to get or win something others are also trying to get or win

2 : a contest in which all who take part strive for the same thing

3 : all of a person's competitors He beat the competition.

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