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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But Enbrel, which earned Pfizer $2.1 billion in 2018, now faces generic competition. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?," 5 June 2019 That's right, ICYMI, big Christopher Schindler bagged the Terriers POTY for a second consecutive season, beating out decent competition from Jonathan Hogg and Aaron Mooy. SI.com, "Every Premier League Club's Player of the 2018/19 Season," 5 June 2019 And teens who do want to work face competition from older workers, young college graduates or foreign workers. Washington Post, "Walmart extends debt-free college benefits to high schoolers," 4 June 2019 Teens who do want to work face competition from older workers, young college graduates or foreign workers. CBS News, "Walmart wants to attract teen workers with free SAT prep and college classes," 4 June 2019 And teens who do want to work face competition from older workers, young college graduates or foreign workers. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "To attract high school workers, Walmart will offer SAT and ACT prep, pay for some online college classes," 4 June 2019 Aurora officials appeared to think all would outweigh potential competition from casinos in other cities, including Chicago. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora officials OK with Illinois gambling changes," 4 June 2019 The initiative comes as the College Board confronts test security challenges worldwide, major competition from the ACT and a growing movement for test-optional admissions. The Washington Post, nola.com, "SAT’s new adversity score system faces its own adversity," 4 June 2019 The bank had shied away from riskier leveraged finance amid steeper competition from nonbanks, Donofrio said in October. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Bank of America warns of possible ‘carnage’ linked to leveraged loans," 4 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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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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