compete

verb
com·​pete | \ kəm-ˈpēt How to pronounce compete (audio) \
competed; competing

Definition of compete

intransitive verb

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

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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.
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Jes Staley runs one of the last full-service banks left in Europe that compete with Wall Street. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "‘He Should Go Back to Connecticut.’ Barclays CEO Battles Activist Over Bank’s Future.," 1 May 2019 For the past five years or so, Jordan has had to take a break from competing so Meiler has been training solo. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Flo Filion Meiler, the 84-Year-Old Track and Field Athlete With Over 775 Medals," 26 Apr. 2019 The two steam levels, high for sturdy fabrics and low for delicates and the option to use it dry with no steam at all, helped it compete with the corded irons in our tests. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 Next week will be the first week where all the competitors will be competing with each other. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Masked Singer" Fans Think Kendall Jenner is One of the Celebs Under the Mask This Season," 10 Jan. 2019 The move was an effort to help clients save money and better compete with newer agencies that don’t need to abide by union rules, the agency said at the time. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Ad Industry and Commercial Actors Union Agree on New Contract," 17 Apr. 2019 Take the arrival of Margery Tyrell to King's Landing, who has competing ambition to take the throne for House Tyrell, for example. Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 12 Apr. 2019 Everybody’s always trying to make everybody compete. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Doesn't Want to Be Compared to Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey," 11 Apr. 2019 At Google Next on Wednesday, Google debuted a number of upgrades to its G Suite of business apps, which have competed against Microsoft Office and its ecosystem for years. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5 Google G Suite changes that will improve your life," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of compete

1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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compete

verb

English Language Learners 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

compete

verb
com·​pete | \ kəm-ˈpēt How to pronounce compete (audio) \
competed; competing

Kids Definition of compete

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

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