- 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 competing
When he is awarded Player of the Match while competing for India in England, he is given champagne at the ceremony.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
In fact, Teller was competing with Oppenheimer for resources.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
The Russians and Canadians have been the most aggressive in staking their claims—often with competing scientific data.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
Armchair sleuths have been competing for years to determine the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers.Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large
September 29, 2014
Essentially, America is competing with al Qaeda for the support of those rebel groups.Al Qaeda Makes a Play for the U.S. Allies the War Against ISIS Depends On
September 29, 2014
France is competing alarmingly with us in the use of the revolver.
In 1870 the government decided to buy a large number of competing lines.The Railroad Question
All the while, their voices had been rising louder and louder, competing for attention.L'Assommoir
As you may imagine, the calamity roused the rage of the competing boat.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
Owners vied with each other in sounding his praises and competing for his services.The Shellback's Progress
- (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 competing
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.