Meaning of COMPETITION in English


/ ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃn; NAmE ˌkɑːm-/ noun


competition (between / with sb) | competition (for sth) [ U ] a situation in which people or organizations compete with each other for sth that not everyone can have :

There is now intense competition between schools to attract students.

We are in competition with four other companies for the contract.

We won the contract in the face of stiff competition .


[ C ] an event in which people compete with each other to find out who is the best at sth :

a music / photo, etc. competition

to enter / win / lose a competition


the competition [ sing.+ sing./pl. v . ] the people who are competing against sb :

We'll be able to assess the competition at the conference.



early 17th cent.: from late Latin competitio(n-) rivalry, from competere strive for, from com- together + petere aim at, seek.

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