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Definition of the noun competition

What does competition mean as a name of something?

Competition is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: competitions

  1. a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers
    • example: business competition can be fiendish at times
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic term: business relation = a relation between different business enterprises
    • more specific terms: price competition / price war = intense competition in which competitors cut retail prices to gain business
  2. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of competition: contest
    • more generic term: social event = an event characteristic of persons forming groups
    • more specific terms:
      • game = a single play of a sport or other contest
      • athletic competition / athletic contest / athletics = a contest between athletes
      • bout = a contest or fight
      • championship = a competition at which a champion is chosen
      • chicken = a foolhardy competition
      • cliffhanger = a contest whose outcome is uncertain up to the very end
      • dogfight = a fiercely disputed contest
      • race = a contest of speed
      • tournament / tourney = a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
      • playoff = any final competition to determine a championship
      • rubber = a contest consisting of a series of successive matches between the same sides
      • series = several contests played successively by the same teams
      • field trial = a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving
      • match = a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
      • tournament = a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
      • race = any competition
      • spelling contest / spelling bee / spelldown = a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly
      • trial = a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
  3. the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of competition: contention / rivalry
    • antonym of competition: cooperation
    • more generic term: group action = action taken by a group of people
    • more specific word: contest = a struggle between rivals
  4. the contestant you hope to defeat

Alternative definition of the noun competition


  1. [uncountable] The action of competing.
  2. [countable] A contest for a prize or award.

Specialised definition of the noun competition

Glossary of sports

a comparison of sportive performances, which is characterized by the following elements: equality of opportunities, ordered organization which is prescribed in the rules, sanctions for rule violations, spiritual (experience of participation), symbolic (prestige, win of a medal or cup) or material (prize) value. The origins of sport competitions are generally regarded to lay in Greek agonistics and athletics. Modern forms of sport competitions are, on the one hand, justified with the arguments of goal orientation, adventure, etc.; on the other hand, they are also subjected to strong criticism. Sport competitions are closely related to training (testing), which must be viewed as a prerequisite for a pedagogically responsible competition. The term competitor is also used for an athlete's rival(s) in a certain sport event. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / basketball

the Competition is an event from the start of the first game to the completion of the last game, excluding the opening and closing ceremony


Competition is an unincorporated community in southern Laclede County, Missouri, United States. It is about seventeen miles southeast of Lebanon. Early on, it was known as Newburg, or "The Burg" as it was known to its residents. When the post office was established, the name was changed because a city named Newburg already existed in Phelps County, Missouri. Thus, the name was changed to Competition. Its post office was closed, mail now comes from Falcon.


  1. "Competition" a.k.a. "The Competition" is a 1980 American drama film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving, directed by Joel Oliansky.
  2. "Competition" a.k.a. "Talent Competition" is a 1963 documentary film written by Miloš Forman and Ivan Passer directed by Miloš Forman.
  3. "Competition" is a 1915 short film produced by the American Film Manufacturing Company, released by Mutual Film, directed by B. Reeves Eason and Tom Ricketts and starring Charlotte Burton. It was Eason's directional debut, and he also acted in it.


  1. Competition is an interaction between organisms or species, in which the fitness of one is lowered by the presence of another. Limited supply of at least one resource used by both can be a factor. Competition both within and between species is an important topic in ecology, especially community ecology. Competition is one of many interacting biotic and abiotic factors that affect community structure. Competition among members of the same species is known as intraspecific competition, while competition between individuals of different species is known as interspecific competition. Competition is not always straightforward, and can occur in both a direct and indirect fashion.
  2. Competition: In economics, competition is the rivalry among sellers trying to achieve such goals as increasing profits, market share, and sales volume by varying the elements of the marketing mix: price, product, distribution, and promotion. Merriam-Webster defines competition in business as "the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure the business of a third party by offering the most favorable terms." It was described by Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations and later economists as allocating productive resources to their most highly-valued uses and encouraging efficiency. Smith and other classical economists before Cournot were referring to price and non-price rivalry among producers to sell their goods on best terms by bidding of buyers, not necessarily to a large number of sellers nor to a market in final equilibrium.
    • also known as Cạnh tranh kinh tế, Konkurencija, Kompeticija, Natjecanje, תחרות עסקית, תחרותיות
  3. The competition this person or team competed in. This is the specific competition at a specific tournament, e.g. Men's Welterweight Boxing at the 1999 Pan American Games.
  4. Competition is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created by The Strategy Group for Media for Fair Energy Ohio.

Phrases with Competition

  1. Team Competition
  2. price competition
  3. Unfair Competition
  4. Contest Competition
  5. athletic competition
  6. Scramble competition
  7. Wet T-Shirt Competition
  8. Exploitative Competition
  9. Interspecific competition
  10. Intraspecific competition

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Competition

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Google previewSociology For Nurses (2010)

by Clement I.

Competition is the most fundamental form of social struggle. It is a natural result of the...

Competition is a process of struggle between people for scarce goods, goals, money, rewards, ...

Google previewHiring and Firing Public Officials (2011)

Rethinking the Purpose of Elections by Justin Buchler

Competition refers to more than just a market state. The second component of market competition is a set of tactics that can collectively be called “competitive behavior.

Google previewStart Your Own Day Spa and More (2007)

Destination Spa, Medical Spa, Yoga Center, Spiritual Spa by Entrepreneur Press

Understanding and acknowledging your competition is an impor- tant strategic tool. Denying your competition is a big mis- take. in your professional growth.

Rather, competition is the process of uncovering, analyzing, and presenting publicly available information on your business's competitors in order to maintain a ...

Google previewMANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (2012)


Perfect Competition Meaning Perfect competition is a market situation in which there are a large number of buyers...

Perfect competition is an ideal market structure rather than an actual one in reality.

Google previewThe SAGE Handbook of Social Marketing (2011)

by Gerard Hastings, Kathryn Angus, Carol Bryant

For marketers operating in the commercial world, identifying and analyzing the competition is a critical component in the development of a firm's marketing strategy. Understanding the competition is the basis for a firm's competitive advantage ...

Google previewInvasive Plant Ecology in Natural and Agricultural Systems (2010)

by Barbara Diane Booth, Stephen D. Murphy, Clarence J. Swanton

Producing and Eating Meat Concepts ○ Competition is an interaction in which two individual plants make simultaneous demands that exceed limited resources and, while both suffer, one suffers less. ○ The detection of changes in light ...

Google previewCreating a Positive School Culture (2004)

How Principals and Teachers Can Solve Problems Together by Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Maureen Taylor

Competition is a cornerstone of capitalism.

Google previewNoncooperative Approaches to the Theory of Perfect Competition (2014)

by Andreu Mas-Colell

INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY A standard justification for the study of perfect competition is that in large economies, the set of monopolistically competitive equilibria will be approximated by the set of perfectly competitive equilibria. It is the ...

Google (2002)

Macroeconomics, Deregulation, and Innovation by Paul J.J. Welfens

For customers competition means to have a choice and to be able to compare alternatives which motivates firms to produce at the lowest possible costs and to develop product innovations and process innovations. Major economic benefits in ...

Google previewAdvances in Computer Science, Environment, Ecoinformatics, and Education, Part V (2011)

International Conference, CSEE 2011, Wuhan, China, August 21-22, 2011. Proceedings by Sally Lin, Xiong Huang

Competition is the driving force of sports, and the cultural construction of sports competitions in campus is of great significance. Starting from badminton league in University classes, this paper analyzed the connotation of campus sports ...

Google previewSustainable Management of Natural Resources (2008)

Mathematical Models and Methods by Michel De Lara, Luc Doyen

Species competition is an issue of fundamental importance to ecology.

In this setup, the system is driven to mono-culture and the equilibrium outcome of species competition is the survival of the species which is the superior competitor for ...

Google previewOAB (2010)

by Carlos Ferrater, Borja Ferrater

If success or failure is the outcome or end of a work process, the design competition is a means to victory or defeat. Winners and losers...

Winning a competition is the means (or should be) that gives rise to the completion of a project. And the ...

Google previewCompetition, Gender and Management (2012)

Beyond Winning and Losing by J. Dennehy

Personal competition is the most popular dimension which operates outside of work andisfoundin manyactivities people...

Google previewEnvironmental Disclosure Practices and Financial Performance (2004)

by Khondkar E. Karim, Robert W. Rutledge

Competition is a destabilizing force in organizations. According to Barnett and Hansen (1996), "competition is an important cause of disequilibrium among organizations"; (p. 154). It increases the likelihood for dissolution if there are too many ...

Google previewDiscourse and Perspective in Cognitive Linguistics (1997)

by Wolf-Andreas Liebert, Gisela Redeker, Linda R. Waugh

COMPETITION IS A RACE {the British economy was lagging behind), COMPETITION IS A FIGHT, {the British car industry was unable to fight ...

Google previewDemocracy's Arsenal (2011)

Creating a Twenty-first-century Defense Industry by Jacques S. Gansler

Competition is the most important aspect of the Defense Department's acquisition strategy (for both goods and services) since it is a way to create incentives for innovations that result in higher performance at lower cost .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (2010)

by David H. Guston

As nanotechnology emerges as an eminent research field and omnipresent vogue term, the NanoArt International Online Competition is yet another sign of the technology's significance in the broader societal and even artistic context.

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Economics (2003)

by Donald Rutherford

The Competition Act1980transferred investigation ofprices tothe Director-General of Fair Trading andgave himthetask of investigating anticompetitive practices; under theAct,various publicbodies, e.g.bus and water authorities, couldbe referred ...

Google previewThe 100 Most Important American Financial Crises: An Encyclopedia of the Lowest Points in American Economic History (2014)

by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.

Since 2000, the United States has lost 700,000 textile jobs to asian competition. The loss of ...

Google previewPeak Encyclopaedia K.C.S.E. Business Studies

Distinction between perfect market competition and oligopoly Perfect market competition: When all potential sellers and buyers are promptly aware of prices offered in the market. Thus, the same price prevails. Assumptions of a perfect market ...

Google previewThey Do What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from around the World (2014)

A Cultural Encyclopedia of Extraordinary and Exotic Customs from around the World by Javier A. Galván

Camel Wrestling Cheese Rolling Competition Chess Boxing Championships Gurning Haxey Hood Game Man versus Horse Marathon Redneck Games Rogaining International Competitions Running of the Bulls Tuna-Throwing Competition ...

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In this day and time, with no competition you are really walking a tightrope. I mean you may think that no competition is good, but in reality no competition is really bad. (Jerry Lawler)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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