par·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion (ˌ)pär-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce participation (audio)
: the act of participating

Examples of participation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in addition to her brother coming to her rescue, there was another family member whose participation was vital in the festivities: her 93-year-old father, Louis Bald. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 The participation of Israel in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest became a tense minefield for both the event organizers and its participating contestants. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for participation 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Participation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: the action or state of taking part in something: as
: 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
: something in which shares are taken by more than one party
: something that results in a share (as of a distribution)
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