compete

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French competir or from its source Late Latin competere, present active infinitive of competō., from Latin com- (with) + petō (I seek, I aim for, I strive for).

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compete (third-person singular simple present competes, present participle competing, simple past and past participle competed)

  1. To contend emulously; to seek or strive for the same thing, position, or reward for which another is striving; to contend in rivalry, as for a prize or in business; as, tradesmen compete with one another.

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A person will compete for a prize received for winning a competition. Two or more persons compete against one another if they are rivals. Two or more persons can compete with each other as teammates, however compete with is also used to indicate two persons competing against each other.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

compete

  1. third-person singular present indicative of competere

Latin[edit]

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compete

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of competō

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

compete

  1. third-person singular present indicative of competir
  2. second-person singular imperative of competir