Meaning of COMPETITION in English


ˌkämpəˈtishən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin competition-, competitio, from Latin competitus (past participle of competere to compete for) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at compete

1. : the act or action of seeking to gain what another is seeking to gain at the same time and usually under or as if under fair or equitable rules and circumstances : a common struggle for the same object especially among individuals of relatively equal standing : rivalry

to prevent the realization that cooperation, not competition , is the road to happiness — Bertrand Russell

2. : a contest between rivals : a match or trial between contestants

a competition in essay writing

a high-diving competition

3. : rival , competitor


a. : the effort of two or more parties to secure the custom of a third party by the offer of the most favorable terms

b. : a market condition in which a large number of independent buyers and sellers compete for identical commodities, deal freely with each other, and retain the right of entry and exit from the market

5. : more or less active demand by two or more organisms or kinds of organisms at the same time for some environmental resource in excess of the supply available, typically resulting in ultimate elimination of the less effective organism from the particular ecologic niche

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