Definition of competition in English:

competition

Line breaks: com|pe¦ti¦tion
Pronunciation: /kɒmpɪˈtɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others: there is fierce competition between banks the competition for university places is greater than ever this year
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    • The firm received $240,000 for its work, facing no competition for the contract.
    • TV stations ought to refrain from excessive competition for ratings.
    • Young wasn't aware of any tendering or competition for the contract.
    Synonyms
    rivalry, competitiveness, vying, contesting, opposition, contention, conflict, feuding, battling, fighting, struggling, strife, war
  • 1.1 [count noun] An event or contest in which people take part in order to establish superiority or supremacy in a particular area: a beauty competition
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    • All team competitions were a round robin affair with each team playing the other once.
    • There are levels of hospitality appropriate for different competitions and events.
    • We all go to Sydney's events and competitions so she has all the support she needs.
    Synonyms
    contest, tournament, match, game, round, heat, fixture, event, meet, encounter; race; bout, fight, prizefight; quiz; trials, stakes; British clash
  • 1.2 [in singular] The person or people over whom one is attempting to establish one’s supremacy or superiority; the opposition: I walked round to check out the competition
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    • The company works ruthlessly to destroy any competition before the competition even gets a chance to mount a challenge in the marketplace.
    • Just be careful that you don't pan to the left or right to check out the competition.
    • Some, outside Scottish football, underestimate the competition.
    Synonyms
    opposition, opposing side, other side, other team, field, enemy, foe; challengers, opponents, rivals, opposers, adversaries, fellow contenders, fellow competitors
    rare corrivals
  • 1.3 Ecology Interaction between animal or plant species, or individual organisms, that are attempting to gain a share of a limited environmental resource: competition with ungulates or condylarths appears to have been the undoing of marsupials in North America
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    • In prehistoric times, natural disasters and competition with other species were the main causes.
    • Plant and animal competition is most marked on fertile soils of eutrophic forests and grasslands.
    • In the present study, small individuals of this species died in competition with large ones in field trials.

Origin

early 17th century: from late Latin competitio(n-) 'rivalry', from competere 'strive for' (see compete).

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