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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 of compete
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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  • Suppose I allowed Mr. Brent to make love to me, as he's very willing to do, would you be sufficiently interested to compete.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • In certain elements of grandeur none other can compete with it.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • He had made the mistake of trying to be a society man, to compete with those whose incomes were many times as large as his own.

  • And all because they compete for the cents of Irish-American slaveys and bootblacks.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • But I have, in the interests of peace, consented to allow you to compete this afternoon.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for compete

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 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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