competition

If you are trying to win or attempting to prove you're the best, you're in a competition. The word also describes your opponent in sports, business, and politics.

If you're trying to beat out someone else — whether in the Olympics or a pie-baking contest — it's a competition, and the other contestants are called the competition too. If you describe something as a "friendly competition," you're saying the outcome isn't critical, or there's no money involved. If you do something impressive in order to win, people will say competition brings out the best in you. If you try to injure your opponent, they'll say it brings out the worst.

Definitions of competition
  1. noun
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    synonyms: contention, rivalry
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    cooperation
    joint operation or action
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    contest
    a struggle between rivals
    battle of wits
    a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used
    bidding contest
    a series of competing bids
    popularity contest
    competition (real or figurative) for popular support
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    group action
    action taken by a group of people
  2. noun
    a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers
    “business competition can be fiendish at times”
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    price competition, price war
    intense competition in which competitors cut retail prices to gain business
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    business relation
    a relation between different business enterprises
  3. noun
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
    synonyms: contest
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    game
    a single play of a sport or other contest
    athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics
    a contest between athletes
    bout
    a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
    championship
    a competition at which a champion is chosen
    chicken
    a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops
    cliffhanger
    a contest whose outcome is uncertain up to the very end
    dogfight
    a fiercely disputed contest
    race
    a contest of speed
    tournament, tourney
    a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
    playoff
    any final competition to determine a championship
    series
    (sports) several contests played successively by the same teams
    field trial
    a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving
    match
    a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete
    tournament
    a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
    race
    any competition
    spelldown, spelling bee, spelling contest
    a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly
    trial
    (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
    derby
    a contest or race open to any interested contestants
    away game, road game
    a game played away from home
    home game
    a game played at home
    exhibition game, practice game
    a game whose outcome is not recorded in the season's standing
    nightcap
    the final game of a double header
    double feature, doubleheader, twin bill
    two games instead of one (especially in baseball when the same two teams play two games on the same day)
    playoff game
    one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
    cup tie
    an eliminating game between teams in a cup competition
    decathlon
    an athletic contest consisting of ten different events
    Olympiad, Olympic Games, Olympics
    the modern revival of the ancient games held once every 4 years in a selected country
    Special Olympics
    an athletic contest modeled after the Olympic Games but intended for mentally or physically handicapped persons
    prelim, preliminary
    a minor match preceding the main event
    pentathlon
    an athletic contest consisting of five different events
    auto race, automobile race, car race
    a race between (usually high-performance) automobiles
    bicycle race
    a race between people riding bicycles
    boat race
    a race between people rowing or driving boats
    burnup
    a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
    chariot race
    a race between ancient chariots
    dog racing
    a race between dogs; usually an occasion for betting on the outcome
    foot race, footrace, run
    a race run on foot
    freestyle
    a race (as in swimming) in which each contestant has a free choice of the style to use
    cross country
    a long race run over open country
    heat
    a preliminary race in which the winner advances to a more important race
    horse race
    a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting
    potato race
    a novelty race in which competitors move potatoes from one place to another one at a time
    sack race
    a novelty race in which competitors jump ahead with their feet confined in a sack
    scratch race
    a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on equal terms)
    ski race, skiing race
    a race between people wearing skis
    relay, relay race
    a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance
    repechage
    a race (especially in rowing) in which runners-up in the eliminating heats compete for a place in the final race
    World Cup
    a soccer tournament held every four years between national soccer teams to determine a world champion
    elimination tournament
    a tournament in which losers are eliminated in successive rounds
    open
    a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
    home stand
    a series of successive games played at a team's home field or court
    World Series
    series that constitutes the playoff for the baseball championship
    boxing match
    a match between boxers; usually held in a boxing ring
    chess match
    a match between chess players
    cockfight
    a match in a cockpit between two fighting cocks heeled with metal gaffs
    cricket match
    a match between two cricket teams
    diving, diving event
    an athletic competition that involves diving into water
    field event
    a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
    final
    the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament
    quarterfinal
    one of the four competitions in an elimination tournament whose winners go on to play in the semifinals
    semi, semifinal
    one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament
    round robin
    a tournament in which every contestant plays every other contestant
    meet, sports meeting
    a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held
    swimming event
    an athletic competition that involves swimming
    tennis match
    a match between tennis players
    match game, matched game, test match
    an international championship match
    wrestling match
    a match between wrestlers
    hop-step-and-jump, triple jump
    an athletic contest in which a competitor must perform successively a hop and a step and a jump in continuous movement
    tug-of-war
    a contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses
    arms race
    a competition between nations to have the most powerful armaments
    campaign, political campaign, run
    a race between candidates for elective office
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    social event
    an event characteristic of persons forming groups
  4. noun
    the contestant you hope to defeat
    “he wanted to know what the competition was doing”
    synonyms: challenger, competitor, contender, rival
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    champ, champion, title-holder
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    comer
    someone with a promising future
    finalist
    a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
    enemy, foe, nemesis
    a personal enemy
    favorite, favourite, front-runner
    a competitor thought likely to win
    king, queen, world-beater
    a competitor who holds a preeminent position
    runner-up, second best
    the competitor who finishes second
    scratch
    a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
    semifinalist
    one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
    street fighter
    a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
    tier
    any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
    tilter
    someone who engages in a tilt or joust
    mortal enemy
    an enemy who wants to kill you
    record-breaker, record-holder
    someone who breaks a record
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    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
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