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 There is real concern that the Illinois High School Association may drop its sponsorship of the sport due to low participation numbers. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2023 The labor force participation rate, which stood at 62.6% in April 2023, has only recently neared the February 2020 level of 63.3%. Adam Rose, The Conversation, 16 May 2023 Meanwhile, Prince George had a special role in Saturday's ceremony, as a Page of Honor. 12 Prince George's coronation participation marks the first time in modern royal history that a future monarch is officially involved in such a service. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 6 May 2023 The labor force participation rate held steady at 62.6%. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 5 May 2023 Ferrara noted the brevity of the influencer's participation in Anheuser-Busch's marketing effort. Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 5 May 2023 The labor force participation rate stayed the same, after inching upwards during the previous three months. Harry Holzer, Forbes, 5 May 2023 All other racial groups dipped in participation from 2018 to 2022, with Black Americans registering a 6-percentage-point dip from 2018, falling from 51.1% to 45.1%. Joe Murphy, NBC News, 3 May 2023 Protests forced government officials to cancel their participation at memorial ceremonies. Neri Zilber, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2023 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 31 May. 2023.

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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