< Latin competere
to meet, coincide, be fitting, suffice (Late Latin:
seek, ask for), equivalent to com- com-
to seek; Late Latin
and E sense influenced by competitor
competer, nouncompetingly, adverbnoncompeting, adjectiveoutcompete, verb (used with object), outcompeted, outcompeting.
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
); to contest a decision.