- 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 yearMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 competitionMore example sentences
- 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 over whom one is attempting to establish one’s supremacy or superiority; the opposition: I walked round to check out the competitionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 AmericaMore example sentences
- 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).