Definition of Competition

1. Noun. A business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers. "Business competition can be fiendish at times"

Generic synonyms: Business Relation
Specialized synonyms: Price Competition, Price War

2. Noun. An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants.

3. Noun. The act of competing as for profit or a prize. "The teams were in fierce contention for first place"
Exact synonyms: Contention, Rivalry
Generic synonyms: Group Action
Specialized synonyms: Contest
Derivative terms: Compete, Contend, Rival
Antonyms: Cooperation

4. Noun. The contestant you hope to defeat. "He wanted to know what the competition was doing"

Definition of Competition

1. 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.

Definition of Competition

1. Noun. The action of competing. ¹

2. Noun. A contest for a prize or award. ¹

3. Noun. (context: uncountable collectively) The competitors in such a contest. ¹

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Definition of Competition

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Medical Definition of Competition

1. A type of organism interaction which can be either between members of the same species or members of different species. The relationship occurs when commodities (like food, mates, shelters, etc.) are scarce and there are not enough to go around for all members which need them. In general, all involved members of the relationship are harmed by this interaction. (05 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Competition

competency-based education
competent cell
competing risk
competition (current term)
competition hybridisation
competitive advantage
competitive antagonist
competitive behaviour
competitive bidding
competitive eating
competitive inhibition
competitive medical plans

Literary usage of Competition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Oecd Economic Surveys 2006: Luxembourg by Oecd (2006)
"This CLP indicator was constructed recently by the OECD in order to summarise and compare competition policies across countries. The aim of the indicator is ..."

2. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1921)
"The effective defense against "unfair" competition is not from legislation so much as from large-scale competition, 447 — Sec. 4. ..."

3. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York public library (1921)
"The terms of the preliminary competition as printed with date of May 21, 1897, ... Two competitions were called for, first an open competition in which ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The next great architectural competition was that for the completion of the South Kensington ... The competition produced some fine and striking designs, ..."

5. The Yale Review by Yale University, George Park Fisher, George Burton Adams, Henry Walcott Farnam, Arthur Twining Hadley, John Christopher Schwab, William Fremont Blackman, Edward Gaylord Bourne, Irving Fisher, Henry Crosby Emery, Wilbur Lucius Cross (1906)
"In life insurance there are three principal elements that are subject to legitimate competition. They are mortality, interest and expense. ..."

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