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

Definition of participation

: the act of participating

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Forty years after developers started blanketing the Sunbelt with housing developments built around golf, many courses are closing amid a decline in golf participation, leaving homeowners to grapple with the consequences. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Golf-Home Owners Find Themselves in a Hole," 10 Jan. 2019 But in the first half of 2018, SNAP participation for that population dropped to 34.8 percent. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Study suggests Trump is scaring immigrant families off food stamps," 15 Nov. 2018 The Detroit Auto Show will move from frigid January to June in future years, which may stave off further decline in automaker participation. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 Kelly Letten said she’s seen an uptick in participation too. Gregg Voss,, "Multi-sport athletes among reasons lacrosse is thriving in Chicago's west suburbs," 11 July 2018 The labor force expanded by 601,000 jobs over the month, with an influx of new women and teen workers more than offsetting a dip in labor force participation among men, said Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics. Washington Post,, "US economy added 213,000 jobs in June as unemployment rose to 4 percent," 6 July 2018 Gentlemen, spending just two hours a week doing the dishes or putting the kids to bed, would translate into a ten percentage point increase in female labour participation, according to a World Bank study. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 Deaner’s views are speculative, and others have suggested various alternate explanations for the findings, including differences in participation that may reflect social barriers and opportunities. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Art of Pacing Is More Complicated Than You Think," 14 June 2018 More players joined in participation across the league last season despite the fact that Kaepernick remained unemployed, seemingly blackballed by the owners. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL owners still seeking answers on national anthem policy," 22 May 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
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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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