Taking part in a spelling bee is an example of to compete.
Playing in a soccer tournament is an example of to compete.
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”).