Cyclist competing in a race.
- Taking part in a spelling bee is an example of to compete.
- Playing in a soccer tournament is an example of to compete.
intransitive verb-·pet′ed, -·pet′ing
Origin of competeClassical Latin competere, to strive together for, be qualified from com-, together + petere, to rush at, desire: see feather
intransitive verbcom·pet·ed, com·pet·ing, com·petes
Origin of competeLate Latin competere to strive together from Latin to coincide, be suitable com- com- petere to seek ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present competes, present participle competing, simple past and past participle competed)
A person will compete for a prize received for winning a competition. Two or more persons compete against one another if they are rivals. Two or more persons can compete with each other as teammates, however compete with is also used to indicate two persons competing against each other.
From Middle French competir or from its source Late Latin competere, present active infinitive of competō., from Latin com- (“with”) + petō (“I seek, I aim for, I strive for”).