- 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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Related Wordscontend, play, wrestle, clash, contest, challenge, vie, face, try, spar, battle, fight, essay, bandy, attempt, fence, emulate, rival, bid, collide
Examples from the Web for competed
And no amount of fancy lace could ever have competed with the joy of sleep.Dita Von Teese, Keep Your Hands Off Our Boobs
August 6, 2014
Like Hamlin, McGinley is also no stranger to bedazzled spandex, having also competed on a season of Dancing with the Stars.
Before finding resurging relevance on Mad Men, he competed on Dancing with the Stars, as did his wife, Lisa Rinna.
Agren entered the fashion industry at the ripe age of 13, when she competed in the Elite Model Look contest in France.Model Sigrid Agren Gives a Tour of Her Favorite Haunts in Paris
The Fashion Beast Team
February 27, 2014
Glory to Ukraine” (shouted by Tartars) competed with “Russia!Will Russia Invade Crimea?
February 27, 2014
Children and parents were amoral and competed for the same resources.The Civilization of Illiteracy
They competed with and finally crushed their rivals in Tyre, Corinth and Carthage.The American Empire
Never—she realized it perfectly—could she have competed in femininity with Guardie's wife.Just Patty
Three times had they competed, without any of them obtaining the first prize.Popular Tales
It was competed for by over a hundred persons in Great Britain and America.Cornish Characters
- (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 competed
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.