[ kuhm-peet ]
/ kəmˈpit /
verb (used without object), com·pet·ed, com·pet·ing.
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.
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Idioms for compete
cannot/can't compete with, to not be, by a great degree, as good or capable as (someone or something else): These roses are lovely, but they can’t compete with the ones we grew back home in Ecuador.
Origin of compete
synonym study for compete
Compete, contend, contest mean to strive to outdo or excel. Compete implies having a sense of rivalry and of striving to do one's best as well as to outdo another: to compete for a prize. Contend suggests opposition or disputing as well as rivalry: to contend with an opponent, against obstacles. Contest suggests struggling to gain or hold something, as well as contending or disputing: to contest a position or ground ( in battle ); to contest a decision.
OTHER WORDS FROM competecom·pet·er, nouncom·pet·ing·ly, adverbnon·com·pet·ing, adjectiveout·com·pete, verb (used with object), out·com·pet·ed, out·com·pet·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for compete
/ (kəmˈpiːt) /
(intr often foll by with) to contend (against) for profit, an award, athletic supremacy, etc; engage in a contest (with)
Word Origin for compete
C17: from Late Latin competere to strive together, from Latin: to meet, come together, agree, from com- together + petere to seek
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