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"competition" in British English

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competitionnoun

uk   /ˌkɒm.pəˈtɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌkɑːm-/
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 betweencomputercompanies. The two ​companies are in competition with each other. [+ to infinitive] There's ​fierce competition to get into that ​school. Foreign competition (= ​similarproducts from other ​countries) had ​reducedtheirsales. Why are you ​jealous of her? She's no competition!A2 [C] an ​organizedevent in which ​peopletry 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 ​tracklookedfierce and her ​heartsank.

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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 ​facestiff competition from ​companiessellingvia 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 ​particularevent at which this ​activityhappens: [U] Few of the ​players on the ​team were ​experienced in ​international competition. [C] The figure-skating competition will be ​held in the ​mainarena. biology Competition is also a ​situation in which the ​variousorganismsliving in the same ​areatry to ​compete for a ​limitedsupply 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)

"competition" in Business English

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competitionnoun

uk   us   /ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃən/
[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 ​automanufacturers. stiff/fierce/​strong/tough competition Some healthy competition (= competition that is a good thing) makes everyone ​workharder. The decision to ​sellcheap TVs put the ​supermarket in (​direct) competition with the ​majorsuppliers of ​electricalgoods. 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 ​financecompanies. 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 ​drasticchanges if it was to ​stayahead of the competition.
(Definition of competition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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