One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Stephanie came second in the competition’
contest, tournament, match, game, round, heat, fixture, event, meet, encounter
bout, fight, prizefight
2‘I'm just not interested in competition’
rivalry, competitiveness, vying, contesting, opposition, contention, conflict, feuding, battling, fighting, struggling, strife, war
informal keeping up with the Joneses
3‘they upgraded their services to remain ahead of the competition’
opposition, opposing side, other side, other team, field, enemy, foe
challengers, opponents, rivals, opposers, adversaries, fellow contenders, fellow competitors
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