American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Synonyms Rivalry, etc. See
- 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.
- n. uncountable The action of competing.
- n. countable A contest for a prize or award.
- n. uncountable, collectively The competitors in such a contest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
forbefore the object sought, and withbefore the person or thing competed with.
- 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
- From Late Latin competitio, from competere, from Latin petō. (Wiktionary)
“Then, journals were created merely to meet the demand, and news was given as it actually occurred; whereas, now, the competition has produced a change that any one can appreciate, when it is remembered to what a _competition in news_ must infallibly lead.”
“In my humble opinion, the Knight Foundation competition is not just *a competition* by *a foundation*; it is a competition intentionally designed by one of the biggest DEpendent media companies in the USA with the main management goal of developing ‘Manufacturing of Consent 2.0′.”
“His main competition is Carrie Underwood at over 5x platinum.”
“So, ask yourself which increase in competition is more meaningful?”
“•On the other hand, it's hard to be hard on Deal when the best ABC can offer in competition is Private Practice (ABC, 9 ET/PT), a show that reached such startling levels of stupidity last week, you wonder whether the network should scrap tonight's episode in favor of an hour-long apology.”
“The junior world champ, the first woman to do a quadruple jump in competition, is considered the favorite because last year's winner, American Sasha Cohen, withdrew earlier this week because of a severe back strain.”
“His main competition is Melvin Mora, who is headed for”
“Communists claimed that the duplication involved in competition is wasteful, and therefore we should have a centrally planned economy.”
“When I hear the word competition I get very excited," Ma said.”
“The term competition as applied to the conditions of animal life signifies the rivalry between animals which manifests itself in their search for food.”
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