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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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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Once there, the golden-sand beaches are some of the best on the island, and the huge break at Padang Padang draws the annual Rip Curl surfing competition in July. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The 2018 midterms election race between was a fierce competition between Cruz and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018 What this suggests, then, is that thinking about Trump-era elections as competitions between competing policy visions is a category error. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 That intense competition between the coaches after Buck's audition made the results of Monday night's Battle Rounds even more shocking: The contestant was eliminated after Clarkson didn't choose him, and Shelton didn't save him. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mikele Buck's Elimination From 'The Voice' Sparks Controversy: 'I'm Truly Shocked'," 23 Oct. 2018 Microsoft is on track to catch up with Amazon by obtaining top federal security authorizations early next year, bolstering the company’s position in the Pentagon’s winner-take-all competition for a multibillion-dollar cloud computing deal. Naomi Nix, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft says it nears security win ahead of deadline for Pentagon cloud bid," 9 Oct. 2018 There should be good competition between Simon Stepaniak and Mackenzie Nworah at right guard, which also means more depth. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 The Rudy's I-35 Cup is a Ryder Cup format competition between Austin and San Antonio golfers and this year is set for Nov. 3-4 at Cimarron Hills in Georgetown. Jeremy Carranco, San Antonio Express-News, "Greater San Antonio Men’s Championship tees off for 98th time," 12 July 2018 The online shopping giant ended its 14-month-long competition for second headquarters by selecting Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Virginia , as the joint winners. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb," 14 Nov. 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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