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

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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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This was the duopoly’s first real competition since Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "How China Could Challenge the Boeing-Airbus Duopoly," 6 Jan. 2019 The result is new competition for cable companies that’s pushing them into the streaming business. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 Lyft is Uber’s main competition, although the playing field isn’t exactly even. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 Will technology offer more opportunity and enhance competition and efficiency, or help consolidate the industry and drive out smaller players? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 There is indeed competition in the superfast-weapon realm. Mike Wall, Space.com, "US Air Force Zooms Ahead on 2 New Hypersonic Weapons Plans," 20 Aug. 2018 Most Americans now live in places where there is little or no competition among medical providers. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Medicare for All Won’t Bring Medicare to All," 13 July 2018 Will that one guy have the speed and the competition and wants to get to Homestead. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk about life after racing, Kentucky Speedway and the Chevy Camaro," 13 July 2018 State Fair favorites Several fan-favorite attractions, exhibits, competitions and more are returning this year. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 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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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

the competition : 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 \

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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