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competitionnoun

uk   /ˌkɒm.pəˈtɪʃ.ən/ us   /ˌkɑːm.pəˈtɪʃ.ən/
B2 [U] a situation in which someone is trying to win something or be more successful than someone else: Competition for jobs is intense. There's a lot of competition between computer companies. The two companies are in competition with each other. [+ to infinitive] There's fierce competition to get into that school. Foreign competition (= similar products from other countries) had reduced their sales. Why are you jealous of her? She's no competition!
A2 [C] an organized event in which people try to win a prize by being the best, fastest, etc.: a swimming/chess competition She's entered a crossword competition.humorous You don't need to eat so quickly! It's not a competition.
the competition [S]
the person or people you are trying to be better than: The competition on the track looked fierce and her heart sank.

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(Definition of competition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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competitionnoun [C/U]

us   /ˌkɑm·pəˈtɪʃ·ən/
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] us   /kəmˈpet̬·ɪ·t̬ər/
He’s a tough competitor and will probably do well in business.
(Definition of competition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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competitionnoun

uk   /ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃən/ us  
[U] ECONOMICS the situation in which people or businesses are trying to be more successful than each other, for example by making more sales in a market: There has always been competition between the auto manufacturers. stiff/fierce/strong/tough competition Some healthy competition (= competition that is a good thing) makes everyone work harder. The decision to sell cheap TVs put the supermarket in (direct) competition with the major suppliers of electrical goods. foreign/global/ international competitiongrowing/increasing competition US companies face increasing competition from Eastern markets. Politicians argued that subsidies stifled free competition. Traditional banks face competition from internet-based finance companies. Critics say merging the two largest manufacturers could stifle competition (= prevent competition).
the competition
COMMERCE, MARKETING the people or businesses who are competing with a particular person or business in a particular market: Longer hours should give the store an advantage over the competition.keep/stay ahead of the competition The company had to make drastic changes if it was to stay ahead of the competition.
(Definition of competition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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