par·​tic·​i·​pa·​tion (ˌ)pär-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce participation (audio)
: the act of participating

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This year, 60 organizations were approved for participation in Globe Santa. Ellen Bartlett,, 12 Nov. 2022 Officials have said the move will allow for more opportunities for public participation in the budget review process. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 10 Nov. 2022 Since 2012, when Mr. Xi took power, there has been a drop in women’s labor-force participation, a crackdown on feminists and a new focus on women’s role in the family. Shen Lu, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 The Gender Action Plan calls for women's full, equal and meaningful participation in the U.N. climate process and to ensure a prominent role for women in decision-making and climate policies. Catherine Mckenna, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2022 Access to assistive technology is a human right and prerequisite for equal participation and opportunities, yet most people do not have sufficient access, especially in areas affected by conflict, displacement and other crises. Michael J. Nyenhuis And Sherrie Westin, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 In the final days leading up to the midterm elections, two new polls highlight the potential for significant Black political participation in California as well as the concerns that Black Californians consider to be most pressing. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Nov. 2022 Finchem, for his part, has focused on Arizona’s participation in ERIC — a voter database meant to remove voters who’ve moved out of state. Hayden Godfrey, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2022 Finchem, for his part, has focused on Arizona’s participation in ERIC - a voter database meant to remove voters who’ve moved out of state. Naomi Nix, Jeremy B. Merrill And Hayden Godfrey, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of participation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Participation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Legal Definition



: the action or state of taking part in something: as
: 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
: something in which shares are taken by more than one party
: something that results in a share (as of a distribution)
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