verb (used without object), com·pet·ed, com·pet·ing.
- compensatory lengthening,
- compensatory pause,
- compensatory polycythemia,
Origin of compete
Examples from the Web for out-compete
This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow.
With open markets and a level playing field, no one can out-produce or out-compete the American worker.
In a truly open market, we can out-compete anyone, anywhere on earth.
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.