- to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, supremacy, profit, etc.; engage in a contest; vie: to compete in a race; to compete in business.
Origin of compete
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Examples from the Web for compete
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
A notably large Irish contingent took part in the infamous draft riots because they did not want to compete for jobs with blacks.This Week's Riots Are Part of America's Long History of Racial Rage
November 29, 2014
It also forced banks to consider designing their own Internet money market funds to compete with Yu'E Bao.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
Republicans definitely have work to do at ensuring they can compete with female voters.Hey, Dems: He’s Just Not That Into You
Kristen Soltis Anderson
November 9, 2014
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
In certain elements of grandeur none other can compete with it.In the Heart of Vosges
M. Provost, my professor, had not wanted me to compete in Zare, but I had insisted.My Double Life
So the most attractive women will compete for your preferment.
In this research you will compete with some of the most distinguished chemists in Berlin.
He reasoned with himself, telling himself that human flesh cannot compete with steel.L'Assommoir
- (intr often foll by with) to contend (against) for profit, an award, athletic supremacy, etc; engage in a contest (with)
Word Origin and History for compete
1610s, " to enter or be put in rivalry with," from Middle French compéter "be in rivalry with" (14c.), or directly from Late Latin competere "strive in common," in classical Latin "to come together, agree, to be qualified," later, "strive together," from com- "together" (see com-) + petere "to strive, seek, fall upon, rush at, attack" (see petition (n.)).
Rare 17c., revived from late 18c. in sense "to strive (alongside another) for the attainment of something" and regarded early 19c. in Britain as a Scottish or American word. Market sense is from 1840s (perhaps a back-formation from competition); athletics sense attested by 1857. Related: Competed; competing.