What does participation mean?

Definitions for participation
pɑrˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃənpar·tic·i·pa·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word participation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. engagement, participation, involvement, involutionnoun

    the act of sharing in the activities of a group

    "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"

  2. participation, involvementnoun

    the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.)


  1. participationnoun

    the act or process of participating

  2. participationnoun

    the state of being related to a larger whole

  3. participationnoun

    the process during which individuals, groups and organizations are consulted about or have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project or program of activity.

  4. participationnoun

    An ownership interest or profit-sharing right.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Participationnoun

    Etymology: participation, Fr. from participate.

    Civil society doth more content the nature of man, than any private kind of solitary living; because, in society, this good of mutual participation is so much larger. Richard Hooker.

    Their spirits are so married in conjunction, with the participation of society, that they flock together in consent, like so many wild geese. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    A joint coronation of himself and his queen might give any countenance of participation of title. Francis Bacon.

    All things seek the highest, and covet more or less the participation of God himself. Richard Hooker.

    Those deities are so by participation, and subordinate to the supreme. Edward Stillingfleet.

    What an honour, that God should admit us into such a blessed participation of himself? Francis Atterbury.

    Convince them, that brutes have the least participation of thought, and they retract. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Your genius should mount above that mist, in which its participation and neighbourhood with earth long involved it. Alexander Pope.

    It sufficeth not, that the country hath wherewith to sustain even more than to live upon it, if means be wanting whereby to drive convenient participation of the general store into a great number of well-deservers. Walter Raleigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Participationnoun

    the act or state of participating, or sharing in common with others; as, a participation in joy or sorrows

  2. Participationnoun

    distribution; division into shares

  3. Participationnoun

    community; fellowship; association

  4. Etymology: [F. participation, L. participatio.]


  1. Participation

    Participation in social science refers to different mechanisms for the public to express opinions - and ideally exert influence - regarding political, economic, management or other social decisions. Participatory decision making can take place along any realm of human social activity, including economic, political, management, cultural or familial. For well-informed participation to occur, it is argued that some version of transparency, e.g. radical transparency, is necessary, but not sufficient. It has also been argued that those most affected by a decision should have the most say while those that are least affected should have the least say in a topic.

Editors Contribution

  1. participation

    Play a role

    The crew participated in the production

    Submitted by anonymous on July 2, 2014  

  2. participation

    The act and process of to participate.

    Participation in sport at school is of importance to all schoolchildren.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'participation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3535

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'participation' in Nouns Frequency: #1478

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of participation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of participation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of participation in a Sentence

  1. Ed Asner:

    It was a golden age of television, it was an age that put me on the map. I still collect respect and honor for my participation as Lou Grant. Life was simpler then, just a few years ago, but life was so much simpler. And I think our movie business, our TV business, is more chaotic now then it was then.

  2. Margareta Matache:

    This process to rename the G moth can serve as a truly effective practice on how to create better common names and ensure substantive and just participation of the affected communities in the process.

  3. Wellington Moreira Franco:

    Today you have legislation that limits the participation of investors.

  4. Maria Zakharova:

    The court's lack of desire to even hold public hearings to consider additional arguments about Bout's innocence with the participation of many defense witnesses reflects concerns that a case fabricated by U.S. special services would simply fall apart before everyone's eyes.

  5. Dallin Oakes:

    We need their wisdom and participation!

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