Definition of compete in English:

compete

Syllabification: com·pete
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpēt
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same: universities are competing for applicants he competed with a number of other candidates (as adjective competing) competing political ideologies
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    • Cullen says if the NRL schedules games correctly the teams would not be competing for crowds.
    • In particular, the business teams are often competing for corporate resources with other businesses.
    • The war-generated industrial boom competed with the manpower needs of the armies.
    Synonyms
    take part, participate, play, be a competitor, be involved; entercontend with, vie with, battle (with), wrangle with, jockey with, go head to head with; strive against, pit oneself against; challenge, take on
  • 1.1Take part in a contest: he competed in numerous track meets as a child
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    • It is important for you to support these contests by competing or by attending them.
    • The company competes in dozens of contests a year, and has won, or reached the finals in, nearly 20 in the three years since its service has been available.
    • May competes in an archery contest with other young women.
    Synonyms
    rival, challenge, keep up with, keep pace with, compare with, match, be in the same league as, come near to, come close to, touch
    informal hold a candle to

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin competere, in its late sense 'strive or contend for (something)', from com- 'together' + petere 'aim at, seek'.

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