Definition of competition in US English:



  • 1The activity or condition of competing.

    ‘there is fierce competition between banks’
    ‘at this conservatory, competition for admissions is stiff’
    • ‘Its entry into the Irish market is expected to heat up competition here, particularly in terms of home loans and current accounts.’
    • ‘In any event, competition, and the hiring away of key employees, continued apace.’
    • ‘Its development comes after years of public squabbling as competition from events in other British cities has grown.’
    • ‘Seventeen teams, one of the largest number of entries for many years, participated and competition was very keen.’
    • ‘Some of the constituencies may be hotly contested and therefore, competition is likely to be stiff.’
    • ‘These days, there is too much competition for menial work and too few opportunities.’
    • ‘If the three branches provided the same or similar function, competition between them could arise.’
    • ‘Young wasn't aware of any tendering or competition for the contract.’
    • ‘The firm received $240,000 for its work, facing no competition for the contract.’
    • ‘TV stations ought to refrain from excessive competition for ratings.’
    • ‘As a result, competition between developers is likely to lead to a higher standard of finish in industrial buildings.’
    • ‘He said the competition in his field forced him to keep improving his work.’
    • ‘The boom in India's tech industry also means stiff competition for good software developers.’
    • ‘A continuing pressure on French producers is the competition from American and Australian vineyards.’
    • ‘Technology has become fashionable and with global market pressures, competition for new advances has never been higher.’
    • ‘The competition for attention works both ways in the relationship between governments and the populations they serve.’
    • ‘The presence of these international competitors makes it likely that competition for future contracts will remain active.’
    • ‘They want selective competition - competition for others but not for themselves.’
    • ‘The family atmosphere and the great competition make these events something very special.’
    • ‘A posse of policemen should be appointed to check the scorching pace as well as competition between private buses.’
    rivalry, competitiveness, vying, contesting, opposition, contention, conflict, feuding, battling, fighting, struggling, strife, war
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    1. 1.1 An event or contest in which people compete.
      ‘a beauty competition’
      • ‘Attractions will include painting and colouring competitions and balloon races.’
      • ‘I get a thrill from racing them in competitions but I have no interest in them mechanically.’
      • ‘Particularly if, as a member of this squad, he wins one of the biggest competitions in the world in his field.’
      • ‘I have never been a great supporter of weblog competitions, as any regular reader of my site will tell you.’
      • ‘No other event had so much fun as the three competitions for the children below age six.’
      • ‘He said it is also one of the only competitions that operates across the island of Ireland.’
      • ‘Similarly, now is the time to start thinking about the next round of skills competitions.’
      • ‘What's the point of producing red wine that wins competitions if no one wants to drink it?’
      • ‘This season she has not lost a match and just dropped two games in Irish competitions.’
      • ‘All team competitions were a round robin affair with each team playing the other once.’
      • ‘Denise, who has won many top prizes in cat photography competitions, said this one was special to her.’
      • ‘There will be competitions for pupils and an awards ceremony at the end of the day as well as exhibitions by local firms.’
      • ‘We all go to Sydney's events and competitions so she has all the support she needs.’
      • ‘They went to international competitions to take on other nations' breakfasts.’
      • ‘There are levels of hospitality appropriate for different competitions and events.’
      • ‘From an early age, she took him and his sister to the theatre and to festivals where they took part in competitions.’
      • ‘I'd like to play in competitions where every game you can play against the best players of the world.’
      • ‘They have done well in some very difficult matches in knockout competitions this season.’
      • ‘For the Hammers, it was their first away win in eight games in all competitions.’
      • ‘This is the first robot event where all major types of robot competitions will be held at the same time.’
      contest, tournament, match, game, round, heat, fixture, event, meet, encounter
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    2. 1.2in singular The person or people with whom one is competing, especially in a commercial or sporting arena; the opposition.
      ‘I walked around to check out the competition’
      • ‘For the latter, it is a case of ensuring the customer is aware of the service and is attracted to using it as opposed to the competition.’
      • ‘Just be careful that you don't pan to the left or right to check out the competition.’
      • ‘We'll be showing more international cricket than all the competition put together, they said.’
      • ‘But if not, at least get over there, check out the competition, and link someone, okay?’
      • ‘Jessica flicked the page over and checked out the competition.’
      • ‘Italy had alerted the competition to their presence by winning all three group matches.’
      • ‘The company works ruthlessly to destroy any competition before the competition even gets a chance to mount a challenge in the marketplace.’
      • ‘Some, outside Scottish football, underestimate the competition.’
      opposition, opposing side, other side, other team, field, enemy, foe
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    3. 1.3Ecology Interaction between organisms, populations, or species, in which birth, growth and death depend on gaining a share of a limited environmental resource.
      • ‘In prehistoric times, natural disasters and competition with other species were the main causes.’
      • ‘This assumption has not been tested for plants growing in competition with one another.’
      • ‘In the present study, small individuals of this species died in competition with large ones in field trials.’
      • ‘Plant and animal competition is most marked on fertile soils of eutrophic forests and grasslands.’
      • ‘For example, if one finds reduced nesting success, is it due to competition with an exotic species for a nest site?’


Early 17th century: from late Latin competitio(n-) ‘rivalry’, from competere ‘strive for’ (see compete).