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1. The act or state of participating, or sharing in common with others; as, a participation in joy or sorrows. These deities are so by participation. (bp. Stillingfleet) What an honor, that god should admit us into such a blessed participation of himself! (Atterbury)

2. Distribution; division into shares.

3. Community; fellowship; association.

Origin: F. Participation, L. Participatio.