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noun competition pronunciation in British English /ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the activities of companies that are trying to be more successful than others
    Competition has intensified in recent months.
    fierce/stiff competition: They were faced with fierce competition.
    competition between/among/amongst: intense competition between the financial institutions
    competition from: Competition from cheaper imports is making life tough for manufacturers.
    1. a.
      the activities of people who are trying to get something that other people also want
      competition for: The competition for jobs is fiercer than ever.
      competition between/among/amongst: It’s normal for there to be competition between brothers and sisters.
    2. b.
      the efforts of people who are trying to win prizes
      competition for: Competition for the title will be fierce.
  2. 2
    [countable] an organized event in which people try to win prizes by being better than other people
    enter a competition: He’d entered a competition in the local newspaper.
    win/lose a competition: They should have a good chance of winning the competition.
    competition to do something: a competition to find a name for the new project
  3. 3

    the competition

    the person, company, or thing that someone is competing with: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
    Let’s look at what the competition is doing and do it better.



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