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
Full Definition of compete
: 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
Thousands of applicants are competing for the same job.
She competed against students from around the country.
We are competing with companies that are twice our size.
Did you compete in the track meet on Saturday?
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
Rhymes with compete
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COMPETE Defined for Kids
Definition of compete for Students
: to strive for something (as a prize or a reward) for which another is also striving
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