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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Recent Examples on the Web Ohio Republican Party leaders received information that Dills' participation on the site might not have ended in 2013. Jessie Balmert,, "Ohio GOP reconsiders endorsement of Clermont County candidate who had Ashley Madison account," 6 Feb. 2020 But Cox later said the delays had an impact on participation. Author: Ryan J. Foley And Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Official: Iowa caucus turnout on pace to match 2016 levels," 4 Feb. 2020 Eventually, more and more people caught wind of this family hiking club, participation snowballed, and the operation expanded to nonprofit status in 2016. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "Where the Wild Things Are: Programs That Foster Kids’ Connection to the Outdoors," 31 Jan. 2020 Dress code: To enjoy Carnival to the fullest, attendees are encouraged to wear accessories that show their support and participation by wearing whistles, colorful hats, and large jewelry. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to the Wildest Carnival Celebrations Around the World," 31 Jan. 2020 But the Millennial age range actually stretches further than a lot of people realize, and includes some surprising attributes that have nothing to do with avocado toast, participation trophies, or overpriced artisanal lattes. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Let's Break Down Who Really Qualifies as a Millennial," 29 Jan. 2020 For researchers, the top issue is U.K. participation in Europe’s research program, Horizon Europe, which will run from 2021 to 2027. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "After Brexit, U.K. scientists face a long road to mend ties with Europe," 28 Jan. 2020 This apparently simple procedure, in which the employer predicates employment on a worker’s non-participation in union membership or strike action, has a long history. Walter Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions," 27 Jan. 2020 The coalition will conduct research on barriers to census participation and strategize on getting out the native vote for November’s presidential election. Elaine Ayala,, "If Tap Pilam is building a nation, it’s just getting started," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of participation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2020

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“Participation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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