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competition

noun [C/U]  /ˌkɑm·pəˈtɪʃ·ən/ us  
an activity done by a number of people or organizations, each of which is trying to do better than all of the others: [U] Competition for the job was fierce. [U] Traditional booksellers face stiff competition from companies selling via the Internet. The competition is the people or organizations you are trying to do better than: [U] In this business, we always have to be aware of the competition. Competition is also the activity of a sport in which each of the people or teams is trying to win, or a particular event at which this activity happens: [U] Few of the players on the team were experienced in international competition. [C] The figure-skating competition will be held in the main arena. biology Competition is also a situation in which the various organisms living in the same area try to compete for a limited supply of food, water, space, etc.
competitor
noun [C]  /kəmˈpet̬·ɪ·t̬ər/ us  
He’s a tough competitor and will probably do well in business.
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