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[pahr-tis-uh-pey-shuh n] /pɑrˌtɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of participating.
the fact of taking part, as in some action or attempt:
participation in a celebration.
a sharing, as in benefits or profits:
participation in a pension plan.
of or relating to a venture characterized by more than one person, bank, or company participating in risk or profit:
a participation loan.
Origin of participation
1325-75; < Late Latin participātiōn-, stem of participātiō (see participate, -ion); replacing Middle English participacioun < Anglo-French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
preparticipation, noun
underparticipation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After these agreements, Japan saw no further objection to China's participation in the war.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • And you mean by the word 'participation' a power of doing or suffering?

    Sophist Plato
  • After much puzzling he decided finally that one and one became two by participation in duality.

  • And 'is,' or 'becomes,' signifies a participation of present time?

    Parmenides Plato
  • Not one petition was addressed to the two Houses in Ottawa against Canada's participation in the war.

    England, Canada and the Great War Louis-Georges Desjardins
Word Origin and History for participation

late 14c., from Old French participacion (13c.) and directly from Late Latin participationem (nominative participatio) "partaking," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin participare "participate in, share in, partake of; to make partaker, to share, impart," from particeps (genitive participis) "partaker, comrade, fellow soldier," also, as an adjective, "sharing, partaking," from pars (genitive partis) "part" (see part (n.)) + -cip-, weak form of stem of capere "to take" (see capable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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