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compete

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verb com·pete \kəm-ˈpēt\

Simple Definition of compete

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compete

competed

competing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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



COMPETE Defined for Kids

compete

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verb com·pete \kəm-ˈpēt\

Definition of compete for Students

competed

competing

  1. :  to strive for something (as a prize or a reward) for which another is also striving





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