Definition of competition in English:


Syllabification: com·pe·ti·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkämpəˈtiSHən


  • 1The activity or condition of competing: there is fierce competition between banks at this conservatory, competition for admissions is stiff
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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.
    rivalry, competitiveness, vying; conflict, feuding, fighting
    informal keeping up with the Joneses
  • 1.1An event or contest in which people compete: 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.
  • 1.2 [in singular] The person or people with whom one is competing, especially in a commercial or sporting arena; the opposition: I walked around 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.
    opposition, other side, field; enemy; challengers, opponents, rivals, adversaries
    literary foe
  • 1.3 Ecology Interaction between organisms, populations, or species, in which birth, growth and death depend on gaining a share of a limited environmental resource.
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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.


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

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