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 Dictionary entry overview: What does competition mean? 

  The noun COMPETITION has 4 senses:

1. a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers
2. an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
3. the act of competing as for profit or a prize
4. the contestant you hope to defeat

  Familiarity information: COMPETITION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1competition [BACK TO TOP]


A business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

business competition can be fiendish at times

Hypernyms ("competition" is a kind of...):

business relation (a relation between different business enterprises)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "competition"):

price competition; price war (intense competition in which competitors cut retail prices to gain business)

Sense 2competition [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


contest; competition

Hypernyms ("competition" is a kind of...):

social event (an event characteristic of persons forming groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "competition"):

trial ((sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications)

spelldown; spelling bee; spelling contest (a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly)

race (any competition)

tournament (a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize)

match (a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete)

field trial (a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving)

series ((sports) several contests played successively by the same teams)

playoff (any final competition to determine a championship)

tournament; tourney (a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner)

race (a contest of speed)

game (a single play of a sport or other contest)

athletic competition; athletic contest; athletics (a contest between athletes)

bout (a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers))

championship (a competition at which a champion is chosen)

chicken (a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops)

cliffhanger (a contest whose outcome is uncertain up to the very end)

dogfight (a fiercely disputed contest)

Sense 3competition [BACK TO TOP]


The act of competing as for profit or a prize

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


rivalry; competition; contention

Context example:

the teams were in fierce contention for first place

Hypernyms ("competition" is a kind of...):

group action (action taken by a group of people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "competition"):

contest (a struggle between rivals)


cooperation (joint operation or action)

Sense 4competition [BACK TO TOP]


The contestant you hope to defeat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


rival; contender; competitor; challenger; competition

Context examples:

he had respect for his rivals / he wanted to know what the competition was doing

Hypernyms ("competition" is a kind of...):

contestant (a person who participates in competitions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "competition"):

tilter (someone who engages in a tilt or joust)

tier (any one of two or more competitors who tie one another)

street fighter (a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods)

semifinalist (one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination)

runner-up; second best (the competitor who finishes second)

king; queen; world-beater (a competitor who holds a preeminent position)

favorite; favourite; front-runner (a competitor thought likely to win)

enemy; foe (a personal enemy)

finalist (a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition)

comer (someone with a promising future)

champ; champion; title-holder (someone who has won first place in a competition)

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