• The act of participating, of taking part in something.
  • The state of being related to a larger whole.
  • The process during which individuals, groups and organizations are consulted about or have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project or program of activity.
  • An ownership interest or profit-sharing right.


  • From Middle English participacioun, from Middle French, from Old French participacion, from Late Latin participatiƍ; synchronically analyzable as participate + -ion.

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