com·​pe·​ti·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce competition (audio) \

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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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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All 10 students will receive $1,000 and participate in a final competition at 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul Oct. 28 and 29. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "‘3M Young Scientist Challenge’ finalists announced," 3 July 2019 Legendary German brewery Bitburger will send a contingent to Portland in August and partner with Prost, the North Mississippi Avenue German beer bar, to stage a three-day pilsner competition among eight elite Northwest breweries. Andre Meunier,, "Eight elite NW breweries to throw down in Pilsner Fest challenge," 3 July 2019 Gene came up with two opening-day promotions that perhaps hinted at his target demographic: a Dolly Parton look-alike contest and a tobacco-spitting competition. Jack Mccallum,, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 This was all obviously artificial, the AstroTurf version of a dating competition. Darren Franich,, "In praise of the goofy, shocking, endearing Double Shot at Love finale," 28 June 2019 And that night, a double-blind bourbon competition will be dedicated to all slaves and African Americans who've worked in the industry. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "'We can't forget': Kentucky is (slowly) recognizing the role of slaves in bourbon's legacy," 27 June 2019 Think a putt-putt competition mixed with elements from the hit show Wipeout. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steph Curry Had a Lot of People Hating on His New 'Holey Moley' Golf Show," 27 June 2019 In addition, the idea that school should be reduced to a zero-sum competition is not an educationally sound approach. Talia Richman,, "Maryland districts join national trend in eliminating class rank," 27 June 2019 That is a coy thing to put on a document kicking off a competition between design firms. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "A photo history of Frog, the company that designed the original Mac," 26 June 2019

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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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The first known use of competition was in 1579

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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
: 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 How to pronounce competition (audio) \

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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