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noun British English pronunciation: competition /ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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pluralcompetitions
  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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