What is competition?

  • (noun): An occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants.
    Synonyms: contest
    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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Odyssey Of The Mind
... Mind, often called OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through ... problem (the Long Term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition ... solutions to a problem they have not seen before this is the spontaneous competition ...
The Rugby Championship - Competition
... The competition begins in July ... opens after the completion of the Super Rugby competition for the year because players from the SANZAR countries are involved in both ...
Unearthed (talent Contest) - Unearthed High (2008– )
... During 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" ...
Gymnastics At The 1904 Summer Olympics
... 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 ...
Individual Events (speech)
... Individual events is a type of speech competition characterized by individuals competing in a variety of different events ... 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): A business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers.
    Example: "Business competition can be fiendish at times"
  • (noun): The act of competing as for profit or a prize.
    Synonyms: contention, rivalry

Famous quotes containing the word competition:

    Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    Wearing overalls on weekdays, painting somebody else’s house to earn money? You’re working class. Wearing overalls at weekends, painting your own house to save money? You’re middle class.
    Lawrence Sutton, British prizewinner in competition in Sunday Correspondent (London)

    Playing games with agreed upon rules helps children learn to live by rules, establish the delicate balance between competition and cooperation, between fair play and justice and exploitation and abuse of these for personal gain. It helps them learn to manage the warmth of winning and the hurt of losing; it helps them to believe that there will be another chance to win the next time.
    James P. Comer (20th century)