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[pahr-tis-uh-pey-shuh n] /pɑrˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of participating.
the fact of taking part, as in some action or attempt:
participation in a celebration.
a sharing, as in benefits or profits:
participation in a pension plan.
of or relating to a venture characterized by more than one person, bank, or company participating in risk or profit:
a participation loan.
Origin of participation
1325-75; < Late Latin participātiōn-, stem of participātiō (see participate, -ion); replacing Middle English participacioun < Anglo-French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
preparticipation, noun
underparticipation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for participation
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  • And you mean by the word 'participation' a power of doing or suffering?

    Sophist Plato
  • And do not 'will be,' 'will become,' 'will have become,' signify a participation of future time?

    Parmenides Plato
  • And 'is,' or 'becomes,' signifies a participation of present time?

    Parmenides Plato
  • And can that which has no participation in being, either assume or lose being?

    Parmenides Plato
  • For 'to be' is the participation of being in present time, 'to have been' in past, 'to be about to be' in future time.

    Parmenides Plato
Word Origin and History for participation

late 14c., from Old French participacion (13c.) and directly from Late Latin participationem (nominative participatio) "partaking," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin participare "participate in, share in, partake of; to make partaker, to share, impart," from particeps (genitive participis) "partaker, comrade, fellow soldier," also, as an adjective, "sharing, partaking," from pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)) + -cip-, weak form of stem of capere "to take" (see capable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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