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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They want selective competition - competition for others but not for themselves.’
    • ‘A posse of policemen should be appointed to check the scorching pace as well as competition between private buses.’
    • ‘Young wasn't aware of any tendering or competition for the contract.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The family atmosphere and the great competition make these events something very special.’
    • ‘The boom in India's tech industry also means stiff competition for good software developers.’
    • ‘Its development comes after years of public squabbling as competition from events in other British cities has grown.’
    • ‘A continuing pressure on French producers is the competition from American and Australian vineyards.’
    • ‘TV stations ought to refrain from excessive competition for ratings.’
    • ‘He said the competition in his field forced him to keep improving his work.’
    • ‘The competition for attention works both ways in the relationship between governments and the populations they serve.’
    • ‘Its entry into the Irish market is expected to heat up competition here, particularly in terms of home loans and current accounts.’
    • ‘The presence of these international competitors makes it likely that competition for future contracts will remain active.’
    • ‘In any event, competition, and the hiring away of key employees, continued apace.’
    • ‘The firm received $240,000 for its work, facing no competition for the contract.’
    • ‘As a result, competition between developers is likely to lead to a higher standard of finish in industrial buildings.’
    • ‘Technology has become fashionable and with global market pressures, competition for new advances has never been higher.’
    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’
      • ‘All team competitions were a round robin affair with each team playing the other once.’
      • ‘I get a thrill from racing them in competitions but I have no interest in them mechanically.’
      • ‘This season she has not lost a match and just dropped two games in Irish competitions.’
      • ‘We all go to Sydney's events and competitions so she has all the support she needs.’
      • ‘He said it is also one of the only competitions that operates across the island of Ireland.’
      • ‘They went to international competitions to take on other nations' breakfasts.’
      • ‘There will be competitions for pupils and an awards ceremony at the end of the day as well as exhibitions by local firms.’
      • ‘What's the point of producing red wine that wins competitions if no one wants to drink it?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'd like to play in competitions where every game you can play against the best players of the world.’
      • ‘This is the first robot event where all major types of robot competitions will be held at the same time.’
      • ‘Denise, who has won many top prizes in cat photography competitions, said this one was special to her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the Hammers, it was their first away win in eight games in all competitions.’
      • ‘They have done well in some very difficult matches in knockout competitions this season.’
      • ‘Particularly if, as a member of this squad, he wins one of the biggest competitions in the world in his field.’
      • ‘There are levels of hospitality appropriate for different competitions and events.’
      • ‘Similarly, now is the time to start thinking about the next round of skills competitions.’
      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’
      • ‘Some, outside Scottish football, underestimate the competition.’
      • ‘But if not, at least get over there, check out the competition, and link someone, okay?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We'll be showing more international cricket than all the competition put together, they said.’
      • ‘The company works ruthlessly to destroy any competition before the competition even gets a chance to mount a challenge in the marketplace.’
      • ‘Jessica flicked the page over and checked out the competition.’
      • ‘Italy had alerted the competition to their presence by winning all three group matches.’
      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.
      • ‘Plant and animal competition is most marked on fertile soils of eutrophic forests and grasslands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example, if one finds reduced nesting success, is it due to competition with an exotic species for a nest site?’
      • ‘In prehistoric times, natural disasters and competition with other species were the main causes.’


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