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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There were also noticeable differences in workforce participation between fathers and mothers with young children. Washington Post, "Fathers more educated, Census Bureau says," 16 June 2019 The city opted to outsource management of the gymnastics center to counter a downward trend in participation over the last three years, staff said. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs awards gymnastics management contract," 13 June 2019 Ages eight and up are recommended but participation is up to the discretion of parents., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 13 June 2019 RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization based in Rye, N.Y., that arranges such debt payoffs, reports a recent surge in participation from primarily Christian places of worship. Kaiser Health News,, "Churches take lead in helping poor with medical debt," 9 June 2019 Whilst there has been incredible growth in women's participation in football in nations such as France, the UK, USA and Japan, other nations, such as Poland and Belgium, are still some way behind., "Women's World Cup: An Inside Look Into This Summer's Tournament & the Global Game With Nike," 8 June 2019 And there’s some data to suggest that drop in participation is led by white students. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Previously, three other South Korean companies, SK Energy Co., GS Caltex Corp. and Hanjin Transportation Co. agreed to plead guilty and pay $236 million in criminal and civil penalties for their participation in this scheme. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Two More South Korean Firms Plead Guilty to Fixing Fuel Prices for U.S. Military Bases," 20 Mar. 2019 The alumni group, made up of local residents who previously gained an appreciation for police work through their participation in the police's civilian training program, saw this particular need as fitting the goal of the organization. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego police implement unique body cam for its K9, thanks to efforts of local group," 18 June 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 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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