com·​pe·​ti·​tion ˌkäm-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce competition (audio)
: the act or process of competing : rivalry: such as
: 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
: active demand by two or more organisms or kinds of organisms for some environmental resource in short supply
the interspecies competition for food
: a contest between rivals
a gymnastics competition
also : one's competitors
faced tough competition

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web On-site registration — $10 per person per event — starts at 10 a.m. and competition begins at 11 a.m. Contact Kenny Perez at 623-332-8632, Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2023 There will also be a pho-eating competition and costume contests for children and pets. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023 But the squad could return to competition next Tuesday to play Rockford University, Gnan wrote. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 13 Jan. 2023 Khan answers by citing Congress’ original intent for the FTC to ensure competition. WIRED, 13 Jan. 2023 The competition winner will receive a grand prize from Apple Music, which will include support and exposure on the platform. Ej Panaligan, Variety, 13 Jan. 2023 The move aims to bolster demand as Tesla faces falling sales amid recession fears and heightened competition, some analysts and investors said. Max Zahn, ABC News, 13 Jan. 2023 Berlin will unveil its full competition line up on Jan. 23. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2023 With winter break coming to a close, McDaniel Athletics looks to start off the new semester with some new competition. Emily Hollwedel, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of competition was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Competition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


com·​pe·​ti·​tion ˌkäm-pə-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce competition (audio)
: the act or process of competing
: a contest between rivals
: an individual or group one is competing against
look over the competition
: the effort of persons or firms to attract business by offering the most favorable terms
: the active seeking after and use of an environmental resource (as food) in limited supply by two or more plants or animals or kinds of plants and animals

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