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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 GoldDerby, a predictor of reality competitions, pointed out that Tilghman’s sales were far ahead of his fellow finalists, a clear sign of his pending championship. Washington Post, "A Mississippi pastor with eight kids and no professional music background won ‘The Voice’ — and made show history," 20 May 2020 He was lauded for advancing numerous projects and opening up aviation competition, and criticized for failing to relieve traffic congestion. Ivan Levingston,, "With an Eye on Netanyahu’s Job, Finance Chief Battles Virus," 20 May 2020 Tilghman's win makes Shelton, the last original coach on the NBC singing competition, the undisputed champ. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'The Voice' remote finale: Todd Tilghman wins Season 18, handing Blake Shelton his 7th win," 20 May 2020 Programs are required to meet a four-year average of 930 in order to maintain eligibility for NCAA Championship competition. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, "Thirteen of IU’s 22 programs earned a perfect APR score," 20 May 2020 As more out-of-work Americans joined the Instacart shipping ranks, competition drove his pay down to the point where some days there's no work at all. USA Today, "For Instacart shopper, chance to earn outweighs coronavirus safety risk," 20 May 2020 Rather than focusing on the competition, Amazonians spend their every working moment trying to make their customers’ lives better. Brian Dumaine, Fortune, "Amazon was built for the pandemic—and will likely emerge from it stronger than ever," 18 May 2020 Saturday's card featured large fields in most races and some impressive competition, including a first-place finish in the fourth race by 2018 Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "No fans, no problem: Churchill Downs opening weekend bets skyrocket amid coronavirus," 18 May 2020 This annual competition, recorded in February, is welcome entertainment during these stressful times. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV," 17 May 2020

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Competition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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