Definitions of compete

  1. To enter into rivalry with another; to contend; as, to compete for a prize. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To seek or strive with others for something: to contend for a prize. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To strive for the same object; rival. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To seek or strive for the same thing as another; to rival. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To seek or strive for the same thing or position as another; to strive to be equal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for compete

  1. The only writings that can compete with it, in the country of Shakespeare, of Bacon and of Newton, are neither dramas, nor books of philosophy nor scientific treatises; they are novels. – The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare by J. J. Jusserand
  2. Florence's heart was evidently still open to competition, and Adam Tellwright had a perfect right to compete – The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories by Arnold Bennett