competition Definition

  • 1the activity or condition of competing against others
  • 2an event or contest in which people compete
  • 3the person or people with whom one is competing

Using competition: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "competition" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The competition was fierce, but she managed to win first place.

  • Example

    He entered the writing competition and won a prize.

  • Example

    The two companies are in competition for the same customers.

  • Example

    Competition can be healthy and motivate individuals to improve.

competition Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for competition

Antonyms for competition

Idioms Using competition

  • to provide strong competition for someone


    The new team gave the reigning champions a run for their money in the final match.

  • neck and neck

    very close in a race or competition


    The two runners were neck and neck as they approached the finish line.

  • a situation in which everyone has an equal chance of succeeding


    The company strives to create a level playing field for all employees, regardless of their background.

Phrases with competition

  • competing against someone or something


    Our company is in competition with several other firms for the contract.

  • not eligible to compete in an event or contest


    The athlete was disqualified and ruled out of competition.

  • strong and intense competition


    The new restaurant faces stiff competition from established eateries in the area.

Origins of competition

from Latin 'competere', meaning 'strive for, aim at'


Summary: competition in Brief

Competition [kɒmpɪˈtɪʃ(ə)n] refers to the activity or condition of competing against others, often in events or contests. It can be healthy and motivating, as seen in 'Competition can be healthy and motivate individuals to improve.' The term extends into phrases like 'in competition with,' and idioms like 'give someone a run for their money,' denoting strong competition, and 'level playing field,' implying equal opportunities.

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