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compete

[kuh m-peet] /kəmˈpit/
verb (used without object), competed, competing.
1.
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
1610-1620
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
Related forms
competer, noun
competingly, adverb
noncompeting, adjective
outcompete, verb (used with object), outcompeted, outcompeting.
Synonyms
struggle. 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.
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Examples from the web for competed
  • So did the introduction of non-native species that competed for resources with, and sometimes preyed on, indigenous birds.
  • They then placed a mussel in to see how the fish competed for food.
  • Thus it seems reasonable to accept this as a dimorphic species, wherein females competed for males.
  • In other cases, they may have lost their function, or they may have competed and lost out to other cells.
  • Each molecular species competed with the others for the common pool of building blocks.
  • The study challenges the old notion that dinosaurs out-competed their reptilian contemporaries.
  • As the deer mowed down the native species that competed it left buckthorn an uncontested niche.
  • We have out-competed and killed off any species that posed a threat to us.
  • They waged war when the band became so large it split into two groups who then competed for resources.
  • In some of those games, the athlete competed under the name of an injured player who was still eligible but had left the team.
British Dictionary definitions for competed

compete

/kəmˈpiːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to contend (against) for profit, an award, athletic supremacy, etc; engage in a contest (with)
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for competed

compete

v.

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.

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