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com·pete

 (kəm-pēt′)
intr.v. com·pet·ed, com·pet·ing, com·petes
To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or victory. See Synonyms at rival.

[Late Latin competere, to strive together, from Latin, to coincide, be suitable : com-, com- + petere, to seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

compete

(kəmˈpiːt)
vb
(often foll by: with) to contend (against) for profit, an award, athletic supremacy, etc; engage in a contest (with)
[C17: from Late Latin competere to strive together, from Latin: to meet, come together, agree, from com- together + petere to seek]

com•pete

(kəmˈpit)

v.i. -pet•ed, -pet•ing.
to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, etc.; engage in a contest; vie: to compete in business.
[1610–20; < Latin competere to meet, coincide, be fitting, suffice (Late Latin: seek, ask for)]
syn: compete, contend, contest mean to strive or struggle. compete emphasizes a sense of rivalry and of striving to do one's best: to compete for a prize. contend suggests striving in opposition or debate as well as competition: to contend against obstacles; to contend about minor details. contest implies struggling to gain or hold something in a formal competition or battle: to contest with the incumbent for the nomination.

compete

- Comes from Latin competere, "come together," but in later Latin, it developed the sense "strive together," which was the basis for the English term.
See also related terms for strive.

compete


Past participle: competed
Gerund: competing

Imperative
compete
compete
Present
I compete
you compete
he/she/it competes
we compete
you compete
they compete
Preterite
I competed
you competed
he/she/it competed
we competed
you competed
they competed
Present Continuous
I am competing
you are competing
he/she/it is competing
we are competing
you are competing
they are competing
Present Perfect
I have competed
you have competed
he/she/it has competed
we have competed
you have competed
they have competed
Past Continuous
I was competing
you were competing
he/she/it was competing
we were competing
you were competing
they were competing
Past Perfect
I had competed
you had competed
he/she/it had competed
we had competed
you had competed
they had competed
Future
I will compete
you will compete
he/she/it will compete
we will compete
you will compete
they will compete
Future Perfect
I will have competed
you will have competed
he/she/it will have competed
we will have competed
you will have competed
they will have competed
Future Continuous
I will be competing
you will be competing
he/she/it will be competing
we will be competing
you will be competing
they will be competing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been competing
you have been competing
he/she/it has been competing
we have been competing
you have been competing
they have been competing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been competing
you will have been competing
he/she/it will have been competing
we will have been competing
you will have been competing
they will have been competing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been competing
you had been competing
he/she/it had been competing
we had been competing
you had been competing
they had been competing
Conditional
I would compete
you would compete
he/she/it would compete
we would compete
you would compete
they would compete
Past Conditional
I would have competed
you would have competed
he/she/it would have competed
we would have competed
you would have competed
they would have competed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.compete - compete for somethingcompete - compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
try for, go for - make an attempt at achieving something; "She tried for the Olympics"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
run off - decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
race, run - compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first"
rival - be the rival of, be in competition with; "we are rivaling for first place in the race"
emulate - compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with; "This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"
rival, equal, match, touch - be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"

compete

verb
1. contend, fight, rival, vie, challenge, struggle, contest, strive, pit yourself against The stores will inevitably end up competing with each other for increased market shares.
2. take part, participate, be in the running, be a competitor, be a contestant, play He has competed twice in the London marathon.

compete

verb
To strive against (others) for victory:
Translations
تنافسيَتَنَافَسُيُنافِس، يَتَبارى مع
soutěžitkonkurovatsoupeřit
konkurrerekappes
kilpailla
natjecati se
versenyez
keppa
競争する争う張り合う
경쟁하다
konkurencijakonkurencingaskonkurentaskonkuruotilinkęs konkuruoti
konkurētsacensties
tekmovati
tävla
แข่งขัน
yarışmakrekabet etmek
cạnh tranh

compete

[kəmˈpiːt] VI (as rivals) → competir (against, with, for con por) (= take part) → tomar parte (in en) → presentarse (in a) (Comm) → competir, hacer la competencia
there are 50 students competing for six placeshay 50 estudiantes compitiendo por seis puestos
there are many firms competing for a share in the markethay muchas empresas compitiendo por una participación en el mercado
his poetry can't compete with Eliot'sno se puede comparar su poesía con la de Eliot
I can't compete with that racketno puedo hablar por encima de esa bulla

compete

[kəmˈpiːt] vi
(= take part) (in competition)concourir
to compete in the Olympics → participer aux Jeux olympiques
I'm competing in the marathon → Je participe au marathon.
to compete for one's country → défendre les couleurs de son pays
(= vie) (gen)rivaliser, le disputer; (commercially)rivaliser, faire concurrence
to compete with sb/sth (gen)rivaliser avec qn/qch, le disputer avec qn/qch; (commercially)rivaliser avec qn/qch, faire concurrence à qn/qch
to compete for sth → se disputer qch
There are 50 students competing for 6 places → Ils sont cinquante étudiants à se disputer six places.
to compete for sth with sb → disputer qch à qn
to compete on equal terms with sb → rivaliser sur un pied d'égalité avec qn

compete

vi
(firm, country)konkurrieren; to compete with each othersich (gegenseitig) Konkurrenz machen; to compete for somethingum etw kämpfen or (esp Comm) → konkurrieren; able to compete industriallyindustriell konkurrenzfähig; his poetry can’t compete with Eliot’sseine Gedichte können sich nicht mit denen Eliots messen; he can’t compete (any more)er kann nicht mehr mithalten
(Sport) → teilnehmen; to compete for the championshipum die Meisterschaft kämpfen; to compete with/against somebodygegen jdn kämpfen or antreten

compete

[kəmˈpiːt] vi (Comm) to compete (with)essere in concorrenza (con), fare concorrenza (a); (vie) → essere in competizione (con)
to compete for sth → contendersi qc (take part) → concorrere in qc
to compete with one another → farsi concorrenza

compete

(kəmˈpiːt) verb
to try to beat others in a contest, fight etc. We are competing against them in the next round; Are you competing with her for the job?
competition (kompəˈtiʃən) noun
1. the act of competing; rivalry. Competition makes children try harder.
2. people competing for a prize etc. There's a lot of competition for this job.
3. a contest for a prize. Have you entered the tennis competition?
competitive (kəmˈpetətiv) adjective
1. (of a person) enjoying competition. a competitive child.
2. (of a price etc) not expensive, therefore able to compete successfully with the prices etc of rivals.
3. (of sport etc) organised in such a way as to produce a winner. I prefer hill-climbing to competitive sports.
competitor (kəmˈpetitə) noun
a person etc who takes part in a competition; a rival. All the competitors finished the race.

compete

يَتَنَافَسُ soupeřit konkurrere konkurrieren διαγωνίζομαι competir kilpailla concourir natjecati se gareggiare 競争する 경쟁하다 wedijveren konkurrere współzawodniczyć competir конкурировать tävla แข่งขัน yarışmak cạnh tranh 比赛
References in classic literature ?
He was like a wounded animal in the forest; he was forced to compete with his enemies upon unequal terms.
And I didn't; for who could hope to compete with the sun, who was making the whole dewy world shake with laughter at his brilliancy, or with the birds, any one of whom was a poet at least equal to Herrick?
This was reported to the man who declared he would compete, 'but,' he said, 'I shall let my servant run for me.
For you to acknowledge that you cannot compete with his influence when you make it your special business, is hardly the thing.
This new world has already enriched the lives of MILLIONS of Americans who are able to compete and win in it.
She is so cleanly that not to soil her face she carries her nose turned up, as they say, so that one would fancy it was running away from her mouth; and with all this she looks extremely well, for she has a wide mouth; and but for wanting ten or a dozen teeth and grinders she might compare and compete with the comeliest.
They direct their attacks not against the bourgeois conditions of production, but against the instruments of production themselves; they destroy imported wares that compete with their labour, they smash to pieces machinery, they set factories ablaze, they seek to restore by force the vanished status of the workman of the Middle Ages.
For had it been the rule for a hundred tragedies to compete together, the performance would have been regulated by the water-clock,--as indeed we are told was formerly done.
Provincial governor and high official send for him; all compete for the honour of his presence.
He is a philanthropist," answered the other; "and no doubt his motive in visiting Paris is to compete for the Monthyon prize, given, as you are aware, to whoever shall be proved to have most materially advanced the interests of virtue and humanity.
Now, however, I am worn out by labour and sorrow, for I have gone through much both on the field of battle and by the waves of the weary sea; still, in spite of all this I will compete, for your taunts have stung me to the quick.
But let us come to Commodus, to whom it should have been very easy to hold the empire, for, being the son of Marcus, he had inherited it, and he had only to follow in the footsteps of his father to please his people and soldiers; but, being by nature cruel and brutal, he gave himself up to amusing the soldiers and corrupting them, so that he might indulge his rapacity upon the people; on the other hand, not maintaining his dignity, often descending to the theatre to compete with gladiators, and doing other vile things, little worthy of the imperial majesty, he fell into contempt with the soldiers, and being hated by one party and despised by the other, he was conspired against and was killed.