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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Recent Examples on the Web Tickets are $25 each and include a reserved seat, two cocktails and entry in the ballot competition where the winner will walk away with $250. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "And the Oscar goes to ... Here's what to know about this Louisville Oscar Watch Party," 7 Apr. 2021 Who said there can’t be nicety among contestants in a quarterback competition? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's starting QB battle: Payton Thorne vs. Anthony Russo — for now," 6 Apr. 2021 Eighteen-year-old Marshall Hutchings’ lawsuit filed Monday alleges his father, Dana Hutchings, was not made aware of the risks and danger involved in an eating competition, the Fresno Bee reported. NBC News, "Family sues after California man dies in taco eating contest," 6 Apr. 2021 After consecutive eliminations in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Madrid lost some of its powerhouse status in the European competition despite winning three straight titles before that. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Liverpool vs. Real Madrid free live stream (4/6/21): How to watch, TV | UEFA Champions League quarterfinals first leg," 6 Apr. 2021 Shelton’s task: to pick the most compelling singer and send him or her to the Knockouts, the next round in the vocal competition. Mary Colurso |, al, "Did Alabama singer trounce the competition in her Battle on ‘The Voice’?," 6 Apr. 2021 Tech companies are accelerating their development of computerized glasses for consumers, in a competition between Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and others that proponents say will usher in a new way for consumers to use technology. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Facebook, Apple and Niantic Bet People Are Ready for Augmented-Reality Glasses," 6 Apr. 2021 Puk was in competition for the A’s fifth rotation spot in spring returning from shoulder surgery. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's place Chad Pinder on IL with knee sprain, call up A.J. Puk," 5 Apr. 2021 Blinken sought to create domestic political space for such an outward focus, which could also pay dividends in the geopolitical competition with China. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Antony Blinken: The public can’t 'start traveling again' before worldwide vaccination," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Competition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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