competition

noun
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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And as the competition went on, my dad, who had never seen me act, grew more and more petrified. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer Is Hollywood’s Next Great Chameleon," 8 Apr. 2019 Women must run below a 2:29:30 or finish high enough in certain big-name competitions to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 After a short run alone at the top of the Android heap, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has some serious competition. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei’s P30 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on power, price, and photography," 26 Mar. 2019 Instead, Heidi will be launching a new fashion competition show on Amazon Prime Video with her Project Runway co-host, Tim Gunn. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Real Reason Why Heidi Klum Left 'Project Runway'," 14 Mar. 2019 Seventeen got a sneak peak at this week’s new episode of American Beauty Star, Lifetime's hair and makeup reality competition series, and OMG, the makeup looks are magnificent. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "This "Descendants 3" and "American Beauty Star" Crossover Episode Is To Die For," 20 Feb. 2019 Beginning this May, Bravo will be expanding their high-end home design programming with a new competition show that challenges top interior designers to transform drab spaces into rooms that shine. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A First Look at Best Room Wins, Bravo’s New Interior Design Competition Series," 14 Mar. 2019 But keep in mind there are still plenty of acts left to compete in the competition, like season 13's winning magician, Shin Lim. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT: The Champions' Fans Are Livid With Last Night's Results and Golden Buzzer Pick Kechi Okwuchi," 29 Jan. 2019 And in the months leading up to our Best of Beauty Awards, the plotlines are as thick as the competition. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "The September 2018 Allure Beauty Box: See All the Product Samples You'll Get This Month," 1 Sep. 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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competition

noun

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

competition

noun
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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