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 Family connection was determined by a mean score of five categories: care, support, safety, respect, and participation. Megan Marples, CNN, 20 May 2022 According to the team’s official participation chart, the only non-specialist walk-on who saw action in a game last season was Barker, who threw one pass late in a blowout win over New Mexico State. Mike Rodak |, al, 18 May 2022 Also, Galicia’s regional government is dedicating part of a $2.64 million fund to international feature co-productions with minority Spanish participation. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 18 May 2022 The document notes that the church’s participation with various partners helped distribute 1 billion vaccine doses against diseases of all kinds. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 The participation from foreign investors was muted. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 17 May 2022 Maybe the next governor can appoint a youth sports czar whose goal is to raise participation numbers. Dan Mcgowan,, 17 May 2022 The group trains together on a regular basis and even though McAuliffe’s participation was limited during pregnancy there are always opportunities for members of the group to get together. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2022 In addition to increasing wages, Walmart last year dropped the dollar-per-day fee employees paid to participate in the company’s subsidized university degree program, a move that boosted participation by 44%, said Ms. Morris. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, 15 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of participation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 May 2022

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“Participation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for participation


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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