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.
Recent Examples on the Web For winning Season 20 of the competition, Thompson will receive a $250,000 prize along with a record deal with Hollywood Records. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 26 May 2022 Basketball was one of 21 sports being offered during 13 days of competition. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 26 May 2022 In two seasons of competition (the Bears did not play in 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic), Wheatley compiled a 5-18 overall record and a 3-10 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Baltimore Sun, 26 May 2022 Previous winners of the competition have been staffed in writers rooms and signed with companies including 3Arts, Management 360 and CAA. Selome Hailu, Variety, 25 May 2022 The effect is that contract winners quickly squeeze out much of the competition on store shelves. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 24 May 2022 The effect is that contract winners quickly squeeze out much of the competition on store shelves. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 The effect is that contract winners quickly squeeze out much of the competition on store shelves. Matthew Perrone, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 The four queens with the most Legendary Legend Stars at the end of the competition will fight for the crown in a lip sync smackdown. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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29 May 2022

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“Competition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/competition. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for competition

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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