Definitions for COMPETITIONˌkɒm pɪˈtɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pe•ti•tionˌkɒm pɪˈtɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. the act of competing; rivalry for supremacy, a prize, etc.:

    competition between two teams.

  2. a contest for some prize, honor, or advantage:

    to enter a competition.

  3. the rivalry offered by a competitor:

    small businesses getting competition from the chain stores.

  4. a competitor or competitors.

  5. the struggle among organisms, both of the same and of different species, for food, space, and other vital requirements.

    Category: Ecology

Origin of competition:

1595–1605; < LL competītiō=competī-, var. s. of competere to meet, come together (see compete ) +-tiō-tion ; sense influenced by competitor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. competition(noun)

    a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers

    "business competition can be fiendish at times"

  2. contest, competition(noun)

    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

  3. competition, contention, rivalry(noun)

    the act of competing as for profit or a prize

    "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"

  4. rival, challenger, competitor, competition, contender(noun)

    the contestant you hope to defeat

    "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. competition(noun)ˌkɒm pɪˈtɪʃ ən

    a situation or state of competing

    a competition between/among companies for the market share; the competition for the top jobs

  2. competitionˌkɒm pɪˈtɪʃ ən

    a situation in which people all do sth to see who is better

    He entered the video competition.; to win a competition


  1. competition(Noun)

    The action of competing.

    The competition for this job is strong.

  2. competition(Noun)

    A contest for a prize or award.

    The newspaper is featuring a competition to win a car.

  3. competition(Noun)

    The competitors in such a contest.

    The new stain remover was ten times more effective than the competition.

  4. Origin: From competitio, from competere, from peto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Competition(noun)

    the act of seeking, or endeavoring to gain, what another is endeavoring to gain at the same time; common strife for the same objects; strife for superiority; emulous contest; rivalry, as for approbation, for a prize, or as where two or more persons are engaged in the same business and each seeking patronage; -- followed by for before the object sought, and with before the person or thing competed with


  1. Competition

    Competition in biology, ecology, and sociology, is a contest between organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, or a location of resources, for resources and goods, for prestige, recognition, awards, mates, or group or social status, for leadership; it is the opposite of cooperation. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared or which is desired individually but not in sharing and cooperation. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment. For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete usually for food and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame. Competition is also a major tenet in market economy and business is often associated with competition as most companies are in competition with at least one other firm over the same group of customers, and also competition inside a company is usually stimulated for meeting and reaching higher quality of services or products that the company produce or develop.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. competition

    1. The struggle for a cake of ice in hell. 2. The life of trade, and the death of the trader.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPETITION' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1061

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPETITION' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1516

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'COMPETITION' in Nouns Frequency: #443

Translations for COMPETITION

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of competing; rivalry

Competition makes children try harder.

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