- competition [käm΄pə tish′ən]n.[L competitio]1. the act of competing; rivalry2. a contest, or match3. official participation in organized sport4. opposition, or effective opposition, in a contest or match5. rivalry in business, as for customers or markets6. the person or persons against whom one competes7. Ecol. the struggle among individual organisms for food, water, space, etc. when the available supply is limitedSYN.- COMPETITION denotes a striving for the same object, position, prize, etc., usually in accordance with certain fixed rules; RIVALRY implies keen competition between opponents more or less evenly matched, and, unqualified, it often suggests unfriendliness or even hostility; EMULATION implies endeavor to equal or surpass in achievement, character, etc. another, usually one greatly admired
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.