Compete meaning

kəm-pēt
The definition of compete means to be in a contest or rivalry.

Taking part in a spelling bee is an example of to compete.

Playing in a soccer tournament is an example of to compete.

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To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or victory.
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To enter into, or be in, rivalry; contend; vie.
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To contend emulously; to seek or strive for the same thing, position, or reward for which another is striving; to contend in rivalry, as for a prize or in business; as, tradesmen compete with one another.
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Origin of compete

  • Late Latin competere to strive together from Latin to coincide, be suitable com- com- petere to seek pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary