verb (used without object), com·pet·ed, com·pet·ing.
- compensatory lengthening,
- compensatory pause,
- compensatory polycythemia,
Origin of compete
Examples from the Web for compete
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.
It also forced banks to consider designing their own Internet money market funds to compete with Yu'E Bao.
Republicans definitely have work to do at ensuring they can compete with female voters.
Al Qaeda and its Iraqi offspring ISIS compete for recruits and territory.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was no way I was going to compete with that, because I knew he could consume 100 beers in one sitting.Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’|Marlow Stern|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is also as certain that Rhodesia cannot hope to compete with the Transvaal under present conditions.Through South Africa|Henry M. Stanley
Both these gentlemen, having been members of jury, were not allowed to compete for an award.
Why not enter the tournament and compete for the championship?The Automobile Girls at Newport|Laura Dent Crane
They do not profess to compete with the so-called cheap volumes.The Lieutenant and Commander|Basil Hall
I cannot compete with lords, Clementina,—a poor barrister without a brief.Olla Podrida|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Word Origin 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.