Definition of participation in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of taking part in something.

    ‘participation in chapel activities’
    ‘the scheme is based on employer participation’
    • ‘It is not as if there is a strong indigenous movement demanding women's participation in government.’
    • ‘How might that help overcome some of the barriers to participation in existing political realms?’
    • ‘Caring about the community in which you live is the first step towards participation in formal democracy.’
    • ‘So my reading and participation in these discussions is all targeted towards making things really happen.’
    • ‘But he doesn't make this an argument for participation in the machinery of state.’
    • ‘Women's participation in sport has increased at a faster rate in wealthy countries than in poor ones.’
    • ‘In simple words it made American participation in peace operations extremely difficult.’
    • ‘He draws our attention to the means of his art and invites our participation in the construction of its meaning.’
    • ‘Americans engage in other forms of political participation in even fewer numbers than they vote.’
    • ‘This requires community or national participation in the selection process.’
    • ‘He said there had been no clear statement on what the minimum level of participation in elections was, or should be.’
    • ‘The scheme is part of a national sports development project to increase participation in sports.’
    • ‘The people's participation in the debate is a positive thing regardless of what side they support.’
    • ‘These offer to return all their money and provide an income but also some level of participation in the market.’
    • ‘About fifteen submissions will be selected for participation in the show.’
    • ‘My own participation in Western capitalist society depresses and angers me.’
    • ‘This can be entirely attributed to my participation in a six-and-a-half hour long meeting.’
    • ‘The Government may make a contribution to encourage participation in the scheme.’
    • ‘They will also increase lay participation in the running of the church through parish pastoral councils.’
    • ‘The new owners' mammoth debts make prolonging participation in Europe even more of a necessity.’
    involvement, taking part, part, engagement, contribution
    sharing, association, partaking, joining in
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin participatio(n-), from participat- (see participate).