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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Mathieu also presented the chefs with personalized wooden spoons to commemorate their participation. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Aspiring chefs given taste of success with Hillsides dinner," 3 Sep. 2019 Community leaders and anyone else committed to helping maximize participation of traditionally hard-to-count populations are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Complete Count Committee, or to volunteer to support the group’s work. John Laidler,, "Somerville striving to count everyone in 2020 Census," 27 Aug. 2019 The new rules of the Civil Rights era not only increased the full participation of black Americans in the economy, but also in American democracy, trends that were mutually reinforcing. Andrea Flynn, Time, "It Takes Black Women in the U.S. 20 Months to Earn What White Men Make in a Year. Here's the History Behind That Wage Gap," 22 Aug. 2019 Despite an active summer transfer window, doubts hang over the Gunners' squad going the first game of the season, with the participation of players such as Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe still in the balance., "Arsenal Provide Injury Update on 7 Stars Including Nicolas Pepe Ahead of Premier League Opener," 9 Aug. 2019 The 60-minute documentary, by filmmaker Arwen Curry, was made over the course of a decade, with the participation of Le Guin herself., "Author Ursula K. Le Guin’s life, work and influence celebrated in documentary that airs Sunday on OPB," 6 Aug. 2019 As a woman, Doris Lee’s participation legitimated the campaign. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "How American Brewers Employed Fine Art to Sell Beer," 6 Aug. 2019 Harris’s plan would put all Americans into Medicare over a 10-year transition period while allowing the participation of private insurance plans under a set of rules. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris unveils ‘Medicare for All’ plan that preserves private insurance," 29 July 2019 Here were some of the biggest takeaways: On the participation decline David Hines, executive director of the AIA, said that numbers have stabilized in Arizona, for the most part, without a significant decline. Richard Obert, azcentral, "ASU's Herm Edwards, Marvin Lewis send strong messages to high school football coaches," 29 July 2019

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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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to spread over or through

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