competition

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

Definition of competition

  1. 1 :  the act or process of competing :  rivalry: such asa :  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 schoolb :  active demand by two or more organisms or kinds of organisms for some environmental resource in short supply the interspecies competition for food

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of competition

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


First Known Use: 1579

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COMPETITION Defined for English Language Learners

competition

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

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

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

Definition of competition for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of trying to get or win something others are also trying to get or win

  2. 2 :  a contest in which all who take part strive for the same thing

  3. 3 :  all of a person's competitors He beat the competition.



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