Definition of competition in US English:

competition

noun

  • 1The activity or condition of competing.

    ‘there is fierce competition between banks’
    ‘at this conservatory, competition for admissions is stiff’
    • ‘Its development comes after years of public squabbling as competition from events in other British cities has grown.’
    • ‘A posse of policemen should be appointed to check the scorching pace as well as competition between private buses.’
    • ‘Technology has become fashionable and with global market pressures, competition for new advances has never been higher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The firm received $240,000 for its work, facing no competition for the contract.’
    • ‘Some of the constituencies may be hotly contested and therefore, competition is likely to be stiff.’
    • ‘Its entry into the Irish market is expected to heat up competition here, particularly in terms of home loans and current accounts.’
    • ‘Young wasn't aware of any tendering or competition for the contract.’
    • ‘If the three branches provided the same or similar function, competition between them could arise.’
    • ‘These days, there is too much competition for menial work and too few opportunities.’
    • ‘Seventeen teams, one of the largest number of entries for many years, participated and competition was very keen.’
    • ‘A continuing pressure on French producers is the competition from American and Australian vineyards.’
    • ‘As a result, competition between developers is likely to lead to a higher standard of finish in industrial buildings.’
    • ‘In any event, competition, and the hiring away of key employees, continued apace.’
    • ‘The competition for attention works both ways in the relationship between governments and the populations they serve.’
    • ‘TV stations ought to refrain from excessive competition for ratings.’
    • ‘They want selective competition - competition for others but not for themselves.’
    • ‘The family atmosphere and the great competition make these events something very special.’
    • ‘The presence of these international competitors makes it likely that competition for future contracts will remain active.’
    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’
      • ‘No other event had so much fun as the three competitions for the children below age six.’
      • ‘This is the first robot event where all major types of robot competitions will be held at the same time.’
      • ‘What's the point of producing red wine that wins competitions if no one wants to drink it?’
      • ‘For the Hammers, it was their first away win in eight games in all competitions.’
      • ‘They went to international competitions to take on other nations' breakfasts.’
      • ‘We all go to Sydney's events and competitions so she has all the support she needs.’
      • ‘Attractions will include painting and colouring competitions and balloon races.’
      • ‘From an early age, she took him and his sister to the theatre and to festivals where they took part in competitions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said it is also one of the only competitions that operates across the island of Ireland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I get a thrill from racing them in competitions but I have no interest in them mechanically.’
      • ‘There are levels of hospitality appropriate for different competitions and events.’
      • ‘They have done well in some very difficult matches in knockout competitions this season.’
      • ‘Similarly, now is the time to start thinking about the next round of skills competitions.’
      • ‘I have never been a great supporter of weblog competitions, as any regular reader of my site will tell you.’
      • ‘I'd like to play in competitions where every game you can play against the best players of the world.’
      • ‘Particularly if, as a member of this squad, he wins one of the biggest competitions in the world in his field.’
      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’
      • ‘But if not, at least get over there, check out the competition, and link someone, okay?’
      • ‘Italy had alerted the competition to their presence by winning all three group matches.’
      • ‘Some, outside Scottish football, underestimate the competition.’
      • ‘We'll be showing more international cricket than all the competition put together, they said.’
      • ‘Jessica flicked the page over and checked out the competition.’
      • ‘The company works ruthlessly to destroy any competition before the competition even gets a chance to mount a challenge in the marketplace.’
      • ‘Just be careful that you don't pan to the left or right 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.’
      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.
      • ‘For example, if one finds reduced nesting success, is it due to competition with an exotic species for a nest site?’
      • ‘Plant and animal competition is most marked on fertile soils of eutrophic forests and grasslands.’
      • ‘In the present study, small individuals of this species died in competition with large ones in field trials.’
      • ‘This assumption has not been tested for plants growing in competition with one another.’
      • ‘In prehistoric times, natural disasters and competition with other species were the main causes.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

competition

/ˌkɑmpəˈtɪʃ(ə)n//ˌkämpəˈtiSH(ə)n/