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 With more than 7,000 entries, this event is the largest competition of North American wines in the world., "San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting," 16 Jan. 2020 Thursday figures to offer UC an imposing atmosphere, stiff competition and significance in regards to the AAC pecking order. Fletcher Page,, "Cincinnati basketball and No. 22 Memphis meet with validation on the line," 16 Jan. 2020 But someone does care how they are classified, and that someone is starting to pay more attention to the ever-rising sums of prize money, as well as the uptick in interstate competitions in esports leagues. Washington Post, "For esports players, the tax man cometh," 15 Jan. 2020 And there are fears that Google could use its size and dominance to keep collecting data even without cookies and stifle competition in the process. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Google wants to change the way cookies work," 15 Jan. 2020 Charbonnet, a freshman, lived up to his billing as a former top-50 recruit who ran all over the competition in Southern California. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football’s running backs room is as deep and talented as Jim Harbaugh has had," 14 Jan. 2020 In the stretch that started Jan. 2 against the Nets and ended Saturday, the Mavericks showed poise and potential in some outings and areas to improve against standout competition in others. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "In a sign of progress, Mavs finish six-game homestand on a high note with win vs. 76ers," 12 Jan. 2020 Steyer, too, appears to be benefiting from limited competition in states that have yet to draw a glut of advertising from the other candidates, most of whom are more focused on Iowa and New Hampshire. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Two Billionaires Are Banking on Cash to Win the 2020 Democratic Nomination. Will It Work?," 11 Jan. 2020 The goal is to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic drug market, Newsom said. CBS News, "California could create a prescription drug label, a first among states," 10 Jan. 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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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Competition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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