com·​pe·​ti·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce competition (audio) \

Definition of competition

1 : the act or process of competing : rivalry: such as
a : the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure the business of a third party by offering the most favorable terms contractors in competition for the contract to build the new school
b : active demand by two or more organisms or kinds of organisms for some environmental resource in short supply the interspecies competition for food
2 : a contest between rivals a gymnastics competition also : one's competitors faced tough competition

Examples of competition in a Sentence

Prices are lower when there is competition among the stores. Don't let the competition know our trade secrets. They had a competition to see who could sell the most lemonade.
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Recent Examples on the Web Minor won the essay competition as a freshman in high school. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 Utah fans should have reason to be very excited because, for the first time in Rising’s career, there is not even a hint of a spring/summer quarterback competition. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2022 The home won the competition in 2019 by earning the highest appraisal of the season: $1.02 million. Abigail Adams,, 12 Jan. 2022 The big news is that the A.I. system that won the competition didn’t use a many-layered neural network. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2022 The Nethertons plan to give away the trailer in a competition inspired by the Great Food Truck Race reality show. Keith Sharon, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 The showtakes the small social falsehoods of daily life and turns them into a competition. Sallie Tisdale, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 The United Kingdom will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne with a military parade, neighborhood parties and a competition to create a new dessert for the Platinum Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said Monday. Danica Kirka, ajc, 10 Jan. 2022 To kick things off, the country will dedicate a new dessert to their 95-year-old monarch after a nationwide cooking competition. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of competition

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for competition

Late Latin competition-, competitio, from Latin competere — see compete

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The first known use of competition was in 1579

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17 Jan 2022

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“Competition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of competition

: the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as a prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win : the act or process of competing
: actions that are done by people, companies, etc., that are competing against each other
: a person or group that you are trying to succeed against : a person or group that you are competing with


com·​pe·​ti·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce competition (audio) \

Kids Definition of competition

1 : the act or process of trying to get or win something others are also trying to get or win
2 : a contest in which all who take part strive for the same thing
3 : all of a person's competitors He beat the competition.

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