What is competition?

  • (noun): The contestant you hope to defeat.
    Example: "He wanted to know what the competition was doing"
    Synonyms: rival, challenger, competitor, contender
    See also — Additional definitions below


Competition in biology, ecology, and sociology, is a contest between organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, or a location of resources, for resources and goods, for prestige, recognition, awards, mates, or group or social status, for leadership; it is the opposite of cooperation. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared or which is desired individually but not in sharing and cooperation. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment. For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete usually for food and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame. Competition is also a major tenet in market economy and business is often associated with competition as most companies are in competition with at least one other firm over the same group of customers, and also competition inside a company is usually stimulated for meeting and reaching higher quality of services or products that the company produce or develop. A competition or trade promotion lottery, is also the equivalent of sweepstakes in some countries.

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Some articles on competition:

Individual Events (speech)
... Individual events is a type of speech competition characterized by individuals competing in a variety of different events ... with competitive Debate, Individual Events is actually a unique form of competition, often referred to simply as Speech Team or Forensics ... Organized competition takes place both on the high school and collegiate level ...
Unearthed (talent Contest) - Unearthed High (2008– )
... During early 2008 Triple J launched the biggest unearthed competition ever, the 'Unearthed High' competition ... This new competition, run parallel to the existent internet based Unearthed competition required high school aged bands to submit original work ... And it suits the format of the way we write." The 2009 competition was won by Howl, a 6 piece band with their song "Blackout" ...
The Rugby Championship - Competition
... The competition begins in July ... The Tri Nations opens after the completion of the Super Rugby competition for the year because players from the SANZAR countries are involved in both ...
Gymnastics At The 1904 Summer Olympics
... of events spread out over several months, and the gymnastics competition was no different ... The individual all-around was a combination of the gymnastic triathlon competition and the athletics triathlon ... The team competition was a combination of individual scores from the individual all-around ...
Odyssey Of The Mind
... often called OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college ... (the Long Term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition ... spontaneous solutions to a problem they have not seen before this is the spontaneous competition ...

More definitions of "competition":

  • (noun): An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants.
    Synonyms: contest
  • (noun): A business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers.
    Example: "Business competition can be fiendish at times"
  • (noun): The act of competing as for profit or a prize.
    Synonyms: contention, rivalry

Famous quotes containing the word competition:

    Never before has a generation of parents faced such awesome competition with the mass media for their children’s attention. While parents tout the virtues of premarital virginity, drug-free living, nonviolent resolution of social conflict, or character over physical appearance, their values are daily challenged by television soaps, rock music lyrics, tabloid headlines, and movie scenes extolling the importance of physical appearance and conformity.
    Marianne E. Neifert (20th century)

    Wearing overalls on weekdays, painting somebody else’s house to earn money? You’re working class. Wearing overalls at weekends, painting your own house to save money? You’re middle class.
    Lawrence Sutton, British prizewinner in competition in Sunday Correspondent (London)

    The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
    Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)