What does participation mean?

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

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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.


  1. participation

    Participation refers to the act of taking part or getting involved in an activity, event, or situation. It can relate to the engagement in discussions, group tasks, community events, democratic processes, or collaborative projects. Participation often implies active contribution or involvement rather than passive observation.

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. Prime Minister Marin:

    Women's full and equal participation in society has made Finland's development possible, one hundred years ago, Finland was a poor and conflict-torn society. It was not possible for us to ignore the potential of half of our population.

  2. Warren Truss:

    Obviously, the more partners we have in the search, the greater the capacity to search a larger area, and so we'd certainly welcome participation from other countries.

  3. Election Officials Dean Logan:

    Broad brush allegations of voter fraud and illegal voting serve only to undermine the public’s trust and confidence in the elections process and run the risk of further deflating voter participation.

  4. Jacqui True:

    The culture of politics is highly masculinized and it is not conducive to gender equality, or to women's participation ; it's a very tough woman who can make it in Australian politics, the perspective on what it means to be a woman in Australian society is lost... which means that we compound the problems, we continue not to address the gender inequality, because we simply do not have those who can voice and shape the policies in our government.

  5. Abul Kalam:

    It has been seen the trend of Rohingya children's participation in getting education has been increasing.

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