from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of competing, as for profit or a prize; rivalry.
  • n. A test of skill or ability; a contest: a skating competition.
  • n. Rivalry between two or more businesses striving for the same customer or market.
  • n. A competitor: The competition has cornered the market.
  • n. Ecology The simultaneous demand by two or more organisms for limited environmental resources, such as nutrients, living space, or light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of competing.
  • n. A contest for a prize or award.
  • n. The competitors in such a contest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seeking, or endeavoring to gain, what another is endeavoring to gain at the same time; common strife for the same objects; strife for superiority; emulous contest; rivalry, as for approbation, for a prize, or as where two or more persons are engaged in the same business and each seeking patronage; -- followed by for before the object sought, and with before the person or thing competed with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of seeking or endeavoring to gain what another is endeavoring to gain at the same time; common contest or striving for the same object; strife for superiority; rivalry: as, the competition of two candidates for an office. Formerly it was sometimes followed by to, now always by for, before the thing sought.
  • n. A trial of skill proposed as a test of superiority or comparative fitness.
  • n. In Scots law, a contest which arises on bankruptcy between creditors claiming in virtue of their respective securities or diligences.
  • n. In political economics, rivalry in the purchase or sale of a commodity or service: as, the competition of wage-earners lowers wages; British merchants have to meet German competition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the contestant you hope to defeat
  • n. a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers
  • n. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  • n. the act of competing as for profit or a prize


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From Late Latin competitio, from competere, from Latin petō.



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