[ kom-pi-tish-uhn ]
/ ˌkɒm pɪˈtɪʃ ən /


the act of competing; rivalry for supremacy, a prize, etc.: The competition between the two teams was bitter.
a contest for some prize, honor, or advantage: Both girls entered the competition.
the rivalry offered by a competitor: The small merchant gets powerful competition from the chain stores.
a competitor or competitors: What is your competition offering?
Sociology. rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter.
Ecology. the struggle among organisms, both of the same and of different species, for food, space, and other vital requirements.



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Origin of competition

1595–1605; <Late Latin competītiōn- (stem of competītiō), equivalent to competīt(us) (past participle of competere to meet, come together) + -iōn--ion; sense influenced by competitor

SYNONYMS FOR competition

OTHER WORDS FROM competition

non·com·pe·ti·tion, adjectivepro·com·pe·ti·tion, adjectivesu·per·com·pe·ti·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for competition

/ (ˌkɒmpɪˈtɪʃən) /


the act of competing; rivalry
a contest in which a winner is selected from among two or more entrants
a series of games, sports events, etc
the opposition offered by a competitor or competitors
a competitor or competitors offering opposition
ecology the struggle between individuals of the same or different species for food, space, light, etc, when these are inadequate to supply the needs of all
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Medical definitions for competition

[ kŏm′pĭ-tĭshən ]


The process by which the activity or presence of one substance interferes with or suppresses the activity of another substance with similar affinities, as of antigens.
The simultaneous demand by two or more organisms for limited environmental resources.
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Scientific definitions for competition

[ kŏm′pĭ-tĭshən ]

The simultaneous demand by two or more organisms for limited environmental resources, such as nutrients, living space, or light.
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