compete

[kuhm-peet]
verb (used without object), competed, competing.
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:
1610–20; < 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

competer, noun
competingly, adverb
noncompeting, adjective
outcompete, 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 (in battle ); to contest a decision.
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compete (kəmˈpiːt)
 
vb (often foll by with)
to contend (against) for profit, an award, athletic supremacy, etc; engage in a contest (with)
 
[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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compete
1620, from Fr. compéter "be in rivalry with," from L.L. competere "strive in common," in L., "to come together, agree, to be qualified," later, "strive together," from com- "together" + petere "to strive, seek" (see petition). Rare 17c., and regarded early 19c. as
a Scottish or Amer.Eng. word.
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Example sentences
He had to scheme and treat for pasture with competing tribes.
The one corporation acquired the stock of other and competing corporations in
  exchange for its own.
Within a few years it would reduce the number of workers competing for jobs.
But more than that, they will be competing for a place in tennis history.
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