Competition vs. Cooperation

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(uncountable) The action of competing.

‘The competition for this job is strong.’;


The act of cooperating.


(countable) A contest for a prize or award.

‘The newspaper is featuring a competition to win a car.’;


Active help from a person, organization, etc., such as an orderly sharing of space or resources.


The competitors in such a contest.

‘The new stain remover was ten times more effective than the competition.’;


Association for mutual benefit, such as for purposes of production or purchase.


The act of seeking, or endeavoring to gain, what another is endeavoring to gain at the same time; common strife for the same objects; strife for superiority; emulous contest; rivalry, as for approbation, for a prize, or as where two or more persons are engaged in the same business and each seeking patronage; - followed by for before the object sought, and with before the person or thing competed with.

‘Competition to the crown there is none, nor can be.’; ‘A portrait, with which one of Titian's could not come in competition.’; ‘There is no competition but for the second place.’; ‘Where competition does not act at all there is complete monopoly.’;


The act of coöperating, or of operating together to one end; joint operation; concurrent effort or labor.

‘Not holpen by the coöperation of angels.’;


a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers;

‘business competition can be fiendish at times’;


The association of a number of persons for their benefit.


an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants


joint operation or action;

‘their cooperation with us was essential for the success of our mission’;


the act of competing as for profit or a prize;

‘the teams were in fierce contention for first place’;


the practice of cooperating;

‘economic cooperation’; ‘they agreed on a policy of cooperation’;


the contestant you hope to defeat;

‘he had respect for his rivals’; ‘he wanted to know what the competition was doing’;


Cooperation (written as co-operation in British English) is the process of groups of organisms working or acting together for common, mutual, or some underlying benefit, as opposed to working in competition for selfish benefit. Many animal and plant species cooperate both with other members of their own species and with members of other species (symbiosis or mutualism).


Competition is a rivalry where two or more parties strive for a common goal which cannot be shared: where one's gain is the other's loss (an example of which is a zero-sum game). Competition can arise between entities such as organisms, individuals, economic and social groups, etc.

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