par·tic·i·pa·tion | \(ˌ)pär-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən, pər-\

Definition of participation 

: the act of participating

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Some of the aims of the program are raising awareness and transforming attitudes, having options that enhance the quality of life, support caregivers and others touched by the disease and promoting meaningful participation in community life. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this report mischaracterized Carol Burnett's participation in the July 20 award ceremony. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Carol Burnett will be honored by Red Skelton museum in Vincennes," 12 July 2018 Nick Stavely, general operations manager at Community Foodworks in the District, estimates that participation in the program has saved his nonprofit organization between $12,000 and $15,000 over the past three years. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution often helps ensure success; agreements that include women and civil-society groups are 64% less likely to fail than those that do not, according to a U.N.-sponsored study. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Also, the commission agreed Tuesday that Cruz’s 2013 participation in the Broward County school district’s Promise Program played no part in the massacre. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Official: Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018 Other areas of disagreement include whether fingerprint checks should be run on other adult members of the household and parent participation in a legal orientation program should be required before release. Elliot Spagat, The Christian Science Monitor, "At least 54 immigrant children will be reunited with parents," 10 July 2018 But what really happened when people were carved off from what had historically been social co-participation in musical rituals was not that audiences became isolated. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Sustainability At the most recent town meeting on June 18, the Board of Town Commissioners approved Resolution 1112-18 to continue the town’s participation in the Maryland Sustainable Community Program. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018

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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 \

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

b : profit sharing

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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