Compete Definition

kəm-pēt
competed, competes, competing
verb
competed, competes, competing
To enter into, or be in, rivalry; contend; vie.
Webster's New World
To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or victory.
American Heritage

Origin of Compete

  • 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

  • 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

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