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The state or condition of being a rival.
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  1. The state or condition of being a rival.
  2. The act of rivaling or the fact or condition of being a rival or rivals; competition
  3. In economics, rivalry is a characteristic of a good. Rivalrous goods are those which can be consumed by only one person at the same time -- for example, a candy bar or a suit; a non-rivalrous good may be provided to more consumers at a very low marginal cost for each additional consumer.
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
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  1. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
  2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
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  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  2. Any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
  3. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
  3. A conflict or quarrel:
Conflict; strife; contention
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  1. Conflict; strife; contention
  2. The act of struggling:
  3. Strife, contention, or combat:
(Obs.) Ambitious rivalry
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  1. (Obs.) Ambitious rivalry
  2. Desire or ambition to equal or surpass
  3. (Comput.) The act or an instance of using an emulator
The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
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  1. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
  2. A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
  3. In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.
An opposed condition; resistance, contradiction, contrast, hostility, etc.
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  1. An opposed condition; resistance, contradiction, contrast, hostility, etc.
  2. The position of two celestial bodies when their celestial longitude differs by 180°, especially a configuration in which Earth lies on a straight line between the Sun and a superior planet or the Moon. Planets in this position rise as the Sun sets and are visible all night long, reaching their highest point in the sky at midnight; the Moon in this position is full.
  3. A political party or an organized group opposed to the group, party, or government in power.
A series of horse or dog races held during a period of days at a certain track
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  1. A series of horse or dog races held during a period of days at a certain track
  2. The act or process or an instance of coming together; an encounter.
  3. An encounter between people, even accidental.
The condition of being in gear:
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  1. The condition of being in gear:
  2. A specific, often limited, period of employment:
  3. The action of engaging or the state of being engaged:
The fact or state of being a candidate
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  1. The fact or state of being a candidate
The sport of competing in races.
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  1. The sport of competing in races.
A formal examination of the facts of a case by a court of law to decide the validity of a charge or claim
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  1. A formal examination of the facts of a case by a court of law to decide the validity of a charge or claim
  2. An instance of such a proceeding:
  3. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof:
Fighting, especially with weapons:
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  1. Fighting, especially with weapons:
  2. Contention or strife:
  3. Any struggle or conflict; strife
A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
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  1. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
  2. A quarrel or conflict:
  3. Any struggle, contest, or quarrel
A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
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  1. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
  2. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
  3. Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
A sharp disagreement; conflict
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  1. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  2. A disagreement or state of opposition:
  3. A violent conflict or confrontation.
  1. An act of retaliation; a counterattack
  2. Any action in opposition to a previous action.
The condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor:
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  1. The condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor:
  2. An opposing force, principle, etc.; specif., a mutually opposing action that can take place between organisms, muscles, drugs, etc.
  3. Hostility that results in active resistance, opposition, or contentiousness.
(Countable) The act of one who wrestles; a struggle to achieve something.
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  1. (Countable) The act of one who wrestles; a struggle to achieve something.
  2. A form of sport in which the opponents struggle hand to hand, attempting to throw or force each other to the ground, traditionally without striking blows
  3. A professional tumbling act that emulates the sport of wrestling. Also called "professional wrestling". It is distinguished from sport wrestling -- which has strict internationally recognized rules and is conducted on a mat -- by being scripted, rehearsed, conducted in a boxing ring rather than on a mat, and programmed as entertainment.
A struggle for supremacy:
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  1. A struggle for supremacy:
  2. (Idiomatic) a dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.
The art of outdoing or showing up a rival or competitor, as in exploits, privileges, or honors.
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  1. The art of outdoing or showing up a rival or competitor, as in exploits, privileges, or honors.
  2. (Idiomatic) The art or practice of successively outdoing a competitor.
  3. (Informal) The practice of, or skill in, seizing an advantage or gaining superiority over others
A difficult, tiring, often competitive activity or routine.
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  1. A difficult, tiring, often competitive activity or routine.
  2. (Informal) A mad scramble or intense competitive struggle, as in the business world
  3. (Idiomatic, singular only) An activity or situation which is congested with participants and which is hectic or tedious, especially in the context of a busy, modern urban lifestyle.
A series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
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  1. A series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
  2. A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course:
  3. Any of several extensive human populations associated with broadly defined regions of the world and distinguished from one another on the basis of inheritable physical characteristics, traditionally conceived as including such traits as pigmentation, hair texture, and facial features. Because the number of genes responsible for such physical variations is tiny in comparison to the size of the human genome and because genetic variation among members of a traditionally recognized racial group is generally as great as between two such groups, most scientists now consider race to be primarily a social rather than a scientific concept.
Two or more persons or things that go together in appearance, size, or other quality
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  1. Two or more persons or things that go together in appearance, size, or other quality
  2. A person, group, or thing able to cope with or oppose another as an equal in power, size, etc.
  3. (Sports) A game or contest in which two or more persons, animals, or teams oppose and compete with each other:
A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
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  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  2. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
  3. Any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
Mockery; sport:
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  1. Mockery; sport:
  2. (Mathematics) A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
  3. A particular style or manner of playing a game:
A meeting, gathering, or assembling, as for a sporting event
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  1. A meeting, gathering, or assembling, as for a sporting event
  2. A meeting or contest, especially an athletic competition.
  3. The people who so meet or the place of meeting
A pairing of two things, people or teams, especially for a competition
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  1. A pairing of two things, people or teams, especially for a competition
(--- Sports) A boxing match.
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  1. (--- Sports) A boxing match.
  2. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
  3. A quarrel or conflict:
A period of time spent in a particular way; a spell:
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  1. A period of time spent in a particular way; a spell:
  2. A contest between antagonists; a match:
(Games) A game in which the outcome depends mainly on the physical and mental skills of the players, and only secondarily on chance.
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  1. (Games) A game in which the outcome depends mainly on the physical and mental skills of the players, and only secondarily on chance.
A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
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  1. A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
  2. A trying, troublesome, or annoying person or thing:
  3. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof:
Such an activity, esp. when competitive, requiring more or less vigorous bodily exertion and carried on, sometimes as a profession, according to some traditional form or set of rules, whether outdoors, as football, golf, etc., or indoors, as basketball, bowling, etc.
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  1. Such an activity, esp. when competitive, requiring more or less vigorous bodily exertion and carried on, sometimes as a profession, according to some traditional form or set of rules, whether outdoors, as football, golf, etc., or indoors, as basketball, bowling, etc.
  2. An object of mockery, jest, or play:
  3. One known for the manner of one's acceptance of rules, especially of a game, or of a difficult situation:
Defense or support; advocacy:
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  1. Defense or support; advocacy:
  2. A competition or series of competitions held to determine a winner.
  3. (Sports) A competition to determine a champion, especially the final of a series of competitions.
A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner.
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  1. A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner.
  2. A series of contests in some sport or game, as basketball or chess, in which a number of people or teams take part, trying to win the championship
  3. A series of games; either the same game played many times, or a succession of games related by a single theme; played competitively to determine a single winning team or individual.
The act of tilting or the condition of being tilted.
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  1. The act of tilting or the condition of being tilted.
  2. Any spirited contest, contention, dispute, etc. between persons
  3. A combat, especially a verbal one; a debate.
A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances:
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  1. A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances:
  2. A combat between two mounted knights or men-at-arms using lances; a tilting match.
  3. A series of tilting matches; a tournament.
A formal contest of skill in reasoned argument, with two teams taking opposite sides of a specified question
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  1. A formal contest of skill in reasoned argument, with two teams taking opposite sides of a specified question
  2. Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question
  3. Deliberation; consideration:
A direct meeting, as in conflict or battle
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  1. A direct meeting, as in conflict or battle
  2. A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance
  3. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief:
(Informal) An uproar or commotion
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  1. (Informal) An uproar or commotion
  2. A noisy clamor.
  3. A noisy, sometimes violent disturbance; noise and confusion; a quarrel.
Any large type of seaweed, especially a species of Laminaria.
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  1. Any large type of seaweed, especially a species of Laminaria.
  2. (Informal) A fight, quarrel, or argument
  3. An intertwisted, confused mass of things, as string, branches, etc.; snarl
The position of the superior planet or the moon in this configuration.
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  1. The position of the superior planet or the moon in this configuration.
  2. An opposed condition; resistance, contradiction, contrast, hostility, etc.
  3. A political party or an organized group opposed to the group, party, or government in power.
A protracted controversy or struggle:
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  1. A protracted controversy or struggle:
  2. Any fight or struggle; conflict
  3. Armed fighting; combat or war
A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
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  1. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
  2. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  3. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
Any of several extensive human populations associated with broadly defined regions of the world and distinguished from one another on the basis of inheritable physical characteristics, traditionally conceived as including such traits as pigmentation, hair texture, and facial features. Because the number of genes responsible for such physical variations is tiny in comparison to the size of the human genome and because genetic variation among members of a traditionally recognized racial group is generally as great as between two such groups, most scientists now consider race to be primarily a social rather than a scientific concept.
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  1. Any of several extensive human populations associated with broadly defined regions of the world and distinguished from one another on the basis of inheritable physical characteristics, traditionally conceived as including such traits as pigmentation, hair texture, and facial features. Because the number of genes responsible for such physical variations is tiny in comparison to the size of the human genome and because genetic variation among members of a traditionally recognized racial group is generally as great as between two such groups, most scientists now consider race to be primarily a social rather than a scientific concept.
  2. A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course:
  3. Any contest or competition likened to a race
The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
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  1. The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
  2. In economics, rivalry is a characteristic of a good. Rivalrous goods are those which can be consumed by only one person at the same time -- for example, a candy bar or a suit; a non-rivalrous good may be provided to more consumers at a very low marginal cost for each additional consumer.
  3. The act of rivaling or the fact or condition of being a rival or rivals; competition
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
  3. A conflict or quarrel:
The act of struggling:
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  1. The act of struggling:
  2. Strife, contention, or combat:
  3. Conflict; strife; contention
Any power struggle between two parties
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  1. Any power struggle between two parties
  2. Alternative spelling of tug of war.
The period of such conflict.
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  1. The period of such conflict.
  2. (Obs.) A battle
  3. A condition of active antagonism or contention:
Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
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  1. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
  2. Conflict or struggle of any kind
  3. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
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  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  2. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
  3. Any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
A meeting, gathering, or assembling, as for a sporting event
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  1. A meeting, gathering, or assembling, as for a sporting event
  2. A meeting or contest, especially an athletic competition.
  3. The people who so meet or the place of meeting
A rival business, team, etc.
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  1. A rival business, team, etc.
  2. A person who competes; rival
  3. One that competes with another, as in sports or business; a rival.
A person, team, etc. having or regarded as having a good chance to win a contest or competition
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  1. A person, team, etc. having or regarded as having a good chance to win a contest or competition
  2. One who contends
A person who contests a claim, decision, etc.
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  1. A person who contests a claim, decision, etc.
  2. A participant in a contest
  3. One taking part in a contest; a competitor.
  1. A companion.
  2. A fellow rival; a competitor; a rival.
  3. A rival or opponent.
One that opposes another or others, as in a battle, contest, or debate:
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  1. One that opposes another or others, as in a battle, contest, or debate:
A person or thing that can equal or surpass another in some way; person or thing that can bear comparison
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  1. A person or thing that can equal or surpass another in some way; person or thing that can bear comparison
  2. (Obsolete) A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
  3. One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect:

Synonym Study

  • Emulation implies endeavor to equal or surpass another, usually one greatly admired, in achievement, character, etc.
  • Rivalry implies keen competition between opponents more or less evenly matched, and, unqualified, it often suggests unfriendliness or even hostility
  • Competition denotes a striving for the same object, position, prize, etc., often in accordance with certain fixed rules
Find another word for competition. In this page you can discover 86 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for competition, like: rivalry, contention, contest, striving, strife, struggle, emulation, vying, controversy, coping with and opposition.