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 There was no state competition last year due to COVID. Gary Curreri,, "American Heritage, Spanish River, Pine Crest nab state tennis titles," 2 May 2021 In fact, there will be so much competition during training camp that some recent starters or relatively high draft picks could have a tough time making the team. cleveland, "Browns could have 9 new starters on defense after draft completes major overhaul of the unit: Takeaways," 2 May 2021 Touching on other spring football topics: The spring practice finale on Saturday, May 8, featuring fans for the first time in Reser Stadium since the 2019 season, will be a competition, but not necessarily a game. oregonlive, "It’s a Wright weekend for Oregon State football: Nahshon a third-round NFL draft pick, Rejzohn has a pick six in practice," 1 May 2021 But when the Department of Emergency Management gives the keys back to the convention people later this year, there will be competition for the ultimate post-pandemic souvenir. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biggest S.F. influencer of 2021? The cardboard Fauci at Moscone Center," 30 Apr. 2021 Close to 46,000 early votes were cast solely in the 2019 mayor’s race, which is a citywide competition. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "Ahead of Election Day, 5% of Dallas County’s registered voters have cast ballots," 30 Apr. 2021 The Land Rover contest is an online voting competition. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Red River Gorge volunteer rescuers in a contest for a new vehicle," 29 Apr. 2021 Each July, people gather to watch what might be the only competition in the world that doubles as functional landscaping. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List," 27 Apr. 2021 For a short while in March 2020, the Candidates seemed to be the last major competition happening anywhere on the planet after the rest of the sports world went dark. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Chess Grandmasters Obsess Over Gambits, Endgames—and Chairs," 27 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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5 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Competition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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