What is competition?

  • (noun): The act of competing as for profit or a prize.
    Synonyms: contention, rivalry
    See also — Additional definitions below

Competition

Competition in biology, ecology, and sociology, is a contest between organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, or a location of resources, for resources and goods, for prestige, recognition, awards, mates, or group or social status, for leadership; it is the opposite of cooperation. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared or which is desired individually but not in sharing and cooperation. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment. For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete usually for food and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame. Competition is also a major tenet in market economy and business is often associated with competition as most companies are in competition with at least one other firm over the same group of customers, and also competition inside a company is usually stimulated for meeting and reaching higher quality of services or products that the company produce or develop. A competition or trade promotion lottery, is also the equivalent of sweepstakes in some countries.

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Some articles on competition:

Odyssey Of The Mind
... the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college ... (the Long Term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition ... to a problem they have not seen before this is the spontaneous competition ...
The Rugby Championship - Competition
... The competition begins in July ... The Tri Nations opens after the completion of the Super Rugby competition for the year because players from the SANZAR countries are involved in both ...
Gymnastics At The 1904 Summer Olympics
... Games had a confusing program of events spread out over several months, and the gymnastics competition was no different ... The individual all-around was a combination of the gymnastic triathlon competition and the athletics triathlon ... The team competition was a combination of individual scores from the individual all-around ...
Unearthed (talent Contest) - Unearthed High (2008– )
... early 2008 Triple J launched the biggest unearthed competition ever, the 'Unearthed High' competition ... This new competition, run parallel to the existent internet based Unearthed competition required high school aged bands to submit original work ... And it suits the format of the way we write." The 2009 competition was won by Howl, a 6 piece band with their song "Blackout" ...
Individual Events (speech)
... Individual events is a type of speech competition characterized by individuals competing in a variety of different events ... with competitive Debate, Individual Events is actually a unique form of competition, often referred to simply as Speech Team or Forensics ... Organized competition takes place both on the high school and collegiate level ...

More definitions of "competition":

  • (noun): An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants.
    Synonyms: contest
  • (noun): A business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers.
    Example: "Business competition can be fiendish at times"

Famous quotes containing the word competition:

    Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major—perhaps the major—stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor.
    Jean François Lyotard (b. 1924)

    The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
    Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)

    All adults who care about a baby will naturally be in competition for that baby.... Each adult wishes that he or she could do each job a bit more skillfully for the infant or small child than the other.
    T. Berry Brazelton (20th century)