competition

noun 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

Examples of competition in a Sentence

  1. Prices are lower when there is competition among the stores.

  2. Don't let the competition know our trade secrets.

  3. They had a competition to see who could sell the most lemonade.

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Origin and Etymology of competition

Late Latin competition-, competitio, from Latin competere — see compete

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COMPETITION Defined for English Language Learners

competition

noun

Definition of competition for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPETITION Defined for Kids

competition

noun com·pe·ti·tion \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən \

Definition of competition for Students

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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