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competition

noun 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 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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