[pahr-tis-uh-pey-shuh n]


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 formspre·par·tic·i·pa·tion, nounun·der·par·tic·i·pa·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for participation

Contemporary Examples of participation

Historical Examples of participation

  • And you mean by the word 'participation' a power of doing or suffering?



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

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

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

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

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