from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of taking part or sharing in something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or fact of participating or sharing in common with another or with others; the act or state of receiving or having part of something.
  • noun Distribution; division into shares.
  • noun Companionship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or state of participating, or sharing in common with others.
  • noun obsolete Distribution; division into shares.
  • noun obsolete Community; fellowship; association.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act or process of participating
  • noun the state of being related to a larger whole
  • noun the process during which individuals, groups and organizations are consulted about or have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project or program of activity.
  • noun An ownership interest or profit-sharing right.

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

  • noun the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  • noun the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • The term "participation rate" is used to describe how much of the increase or return of the underlying stock market index will be used to calculate the return. News

  • Unfortunately the only way we could find out whether it actually will lead to a substantial increase in participation is to try it, and that means having a Worldcon committee prepared to take the risk (and face the wrath of conservative SMOFs).

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  • There will be true meaning to the term participation, since all stakeholder's will have their (appropriate levels - weighted) say in all contexts.

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  • There are no shortage of shrill voices who think his participation is a stain on the NFL.

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  • Long-term participation is found to increase obesity for females and males.

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  • The quality, not quantity, of your participation is the key to a superior class participation grade.

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  • A second condition we have placed on our participation is the willingness of other countries to move towards a greater liberalization of trade than might otherwise result from the negotiations in certain selected resource-based sectors.

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  • We are fortunate that overseeing our participation is a man whose actions were once described by his parliamentary secretary, as quoted in The Globe and Mail, as follows: If MacEachen gets up to speak, then the government must be in trouble.

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  • You are welcome to my board any time and your participation is appreciated.

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