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

Definition of participation

: the act of participating

Examples of participation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, following years of decline in youth football participation, the league made overt attempts at attracting children: in highlights, Nickelodeon slime cannons were unleashed. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Story on Sunday Was Tom Brady, but the Super Bowl Was Won with Defense," 8 Feb. 2021 This was a 28% increase in participation from last year’s event, organizers say. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Southlake rounds up 146 gallons of cooking oil and grease in holiday collection," 5 Feb. 2021 Unlike church and bowling leagues, singing was seeing a rise in participation. Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, "A baritone finds a safe way choirs can sing together again: over car radios," 30 Dec. 2020 Illinois is seeing steady growth in worker participation despite the economic mess brought on by the coronavirus. New York Times, "Saving at Work for Retirement: A Perk Coming to More States in 2021," 22 Dec. 2020 In extreme cases, the tensions are prompting members to leave churches altogether, exacerbating a yearslong decline in religious participation among Americans. WSJ, "Abortion, Guns and Trump: A Church Group Tries to Navigate America’s Divisions," 18 Dec. 2020 Usually, runoffs have a drop-off in participation, attracting 20 to 30% fewer voters than the original election. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Georgia’s Runoff Elections Could Come Down to 23,000 Newly 18-Year-Old Voters," 15 Dec. 2020 Republicans historically outperform Democrats in runoff participation. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Early in-person voting starts in Georgia," 14 Dec. 2020 The disconnect in school participation — which experts say is sometimes outside a student’s control — is manifesting in poor grades. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For many teachers, distance learning is a constant fight to get students to engage," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of participation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of participation was in the 14th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Participation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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