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English noun: competition

1. competition a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers

SamplesBusiness competition can be fiendish at times.

Broader (hypernym)business relation

Narrower (hyponym)price competition, price war

2. competition (event) an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants


Broader (hypernym)social event

Narrower (hyponym)athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, bout, championship, chicken, cliffhanger, dogfight, field trial, game, match, playoff, race, race, series, spelldown, spelling bee, spelling contest, tournament, tournament, tourney, trial

3. competition (act) the act of competing as for profit or a prize

SamplesThe teams were in fierce contention for first place.

Synonymscontention, rivalry

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)contest


4. competition (person) the contestant you hope to defeat

SamplesHe had respect for his rivals.
He wanted to know what the competition was doing.

Synonymschallenger, competitor, contender, rival

Broader (hypernym)contestant

Narrower (hyponym)champ, champion, comer, enemy, favorite, favourite, finalist, foe, front-runner, king, queen, runner-up, scratch, second best, semifinalist, street fighter, tier, tilter, title-holder, world-beater

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