verb \kəm-ˈpēt\

: to try to get or win something (such as a prize or reward) that someone else is also trying to win : to try to be better or more successful than someone or something else

: to try to be noticed, accepted, or chosen over something else


Full Definition of COMPETE

intransitive verb
:  to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize) :  be in a state of rivalry <competing teams> <companies competing for customers>

Examples of COMPETE

  1. Thousands of applicants are competing for the same job.
  2. She competed against students from around the country.
  3. We are competing with companies that are twice our size.
  4. Did you compete in the track meet on Saturday?
  5. The radio and the television were both on, competing for our attention.

Origin of COMPETE

Late Latin competere to seek together, from Latin, to come together, agree, be suitable, from com- + petere to go to, seek — more at feather
First Known Use: 1620


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