par·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion | \ (ˌ)pär-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce participation (audio) , pər-\

Definition of participation

: the act of participating

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For her part, Feinstein acknowledged Ford's participation would be critical. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Feinstein blames GOP after Kavanaugh accuser stays mum, admits 'I can't say everything's truthful'," 18 Sep. 2018 Elections are important, and, increasingly, popular participation is a requirement for legitimacy. Julia Azari, Vox, "The forgotten majority: how norms inform the practice of democracy," 21 Sep. 2018 Political discourse is another area where youth participation is critical, including in multilateral fora. Miroslav Lajčák, Teen Vogue, "United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák's Open Letter to Youth About Climate Change," 2 Aug. 2018 Dinner Detective Murder-mystery dinner show with audience participation., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 In the suit, filed in Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, the gallery is seeking full reimbursement for all fees associated with participation in the fair. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "Frieze Fair Put a Price on High Heat. It Was Met With a Lawsuit.," 8 June 2018 He was also charged with gang participation for an unrelated incident, police said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Second teen charged with murder in shooting at Cobb shopping center," 15 May 2018 However, seven United players will remain absent from training for the next few days at least, due to their continuing participation in the ongoing World Cup., "The 23 Man Utd Players Who Will Return to Pre-Season Training on Monday Ahead of New Campaign," 8 July 2018 Union officials say the rule is designed to afford employment opportunities to as many as musicians as possible, rather than letting one player double down on their participation. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Disharmony at Broadway Shows Over Musicians’ Roles," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of participation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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par·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion | \ pär-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce participation (audio) \

Kids Definition of participation

: the act of joining with others in doing something Class participation counts toward your grade.



Legal Definition of participation

1 : the action or state of taking part in something: as
a : association with others in a relationship (as a partnership) or an enterprise usually on a formal basis with specified rights and obligations a loan made directly or in participation with a bank
2a : something in which shares are taken by more than one party
b : something that results in a share (as of a distribution)

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