compete

[ 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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Origin of compete

1610–20; < Latin competere to meet, coincide, be fitting, suffice (Late Latin: seek, ask for), equivalent to com- com- + petere to seek; Late Latin and E sense influenced by competitor

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 compete

com·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 competing

compete
/ (kəmˈpiːt) /

verb

(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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