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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v compete compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined
    • v. i Compete 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. "The rival statesmen, with eyes fixed on America, were all the while competing for European alliances."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Vasaloppet, which is located in Sweden is the oldest, longest, and the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Every year, 14,000 people compete in the race
    • compete To seek or strive for the same thing as another; enter into competition or rivalry; vie: with for before the thing sought and with before the person or thing rivaled.
    • compete In political economics, to engage in rivalry in the sale or purchase of a commodity or service; also, figuratively, of a commodity or service, to be open to choice as against some other commodity or service. Thus iron is said to compete with stone in the construction of buildings; water routes compete with railways in the handling of traffic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Princess Anne from the British royal family competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics
    • v.i Compete kom-pēt′ to seek or strive with others for something: to contend for a prize
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “Being competent means the ability to control and operate the things in the environment and the environment itself.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor.”
  • Al Oerter
    Al Oerter
    “I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
    “If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. completere, competitum,; com-, + petere, to seek. See Petition
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. competĕrecom, together, petĕre, to seek.


In literature:

Doubtless this is not a competent account of the matter; but the present argument scarcely needs a closer analysis.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
Chloroform may be administered, provided a competent nurse or other medical person is present.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
After him, in a long row, came the competing youths.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
It is within the competence of any member to address a question to any minister of the crown who is also a member, to obtain information.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Practical Instruction in Steam Engineering, and a good situation when competent.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
Few persons, we suppose, hitherto quite ignorant of Irish history, will compete; but we would not discourage even these.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
He was competing for the university prize.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I cannot compete with the films.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
Can't you leave it and compete for the dart-throwing contest?
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Suppose two roads are competing for the traffic between Omaha and Chicago.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
Windows do not compete with candles.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Competent teachers of high character were employed for so important work.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The merchant who sells everything cannot compete with the man who makes it his business to sell one class of goods.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
He assured us then that we were competent to perform in any circus.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Foukes was without question one of the most competent and aggressive of the Bolo leaders.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Miss Alexander is a strict disciplinarian, an excellent teacher, and is thoroughly competent to conduct the school for which she applies.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
If one is not a competent judge, he should send a sample to his state experiment station for examination.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
He went competently to the pulsing call-signal.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
I'm competing against everyone else here, you see.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
The artisan could not compete with the products of the machine.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing

In poetry:

"In Britain ... blest with peace and competence,
Rich Fortune's favours could impart no more: ...
Heaven's blessings equal happiness dispense;
Believe my words, for I am old and poor.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
I can't say which, come eventide,
More tedious I find;
Competing with the juvenile stride,
Or meeting the juvenile mind.
So I think it rorty, yes, and nifty,
To be with people over fifty.
"You Can Be A Republican, I'm A Genocrat" by Ogden Nash
If full of Grace, if good in kind,
In body perfect, and in mind,
The maiden be — if bless'd with sense,
With Virtue, Wisdom, Competence,—
Follow where nature leads the way,
And the divine command obey.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
Sense is not competent to tell
The strivings of the clay-bound soul;
Thoughts high as heaven and deep as hell,
Will awfully around it roll;
And words are sacrilege, that dare
Its fearful workings to declare.
"To A Deaf And Dumb Lady" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Among the hills the first he shone
Of all who buckled snow-shoe on,
For though the mountain lads were fleet,
But one bold rival dare compete,
To veer and steer, devoid of fear,
Beside this strong-limbed mountaineer.
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Young fantasies of magic and of mystery
Are over. But they really can't compete
With all we've built together: A long history.
Connections that help render us complete.
Ties that hold and heal us. And the sweet,
Sweet pleasures of an ordinary life.
"The Pleasures of Ordinary Life" by Judith Viorst

In news:

Jake Herbert (blue of the United States competes against Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey in the Men's Freestyle 84 kg Wrestling event.
0 Jake Herbert (blue of the United States competes against Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey in the Men's Freestyle 84 kg Wrestling event.
Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito of Canada compete in the Women's Synchronized 10m Platform Diving.
Cayden Long, a 6 year old Tennessee boy, has cerebral palsy and can't walk or talk but he's competed in several triathlons.
The popular event has marching units from as far away as Utah and Arizona competing.
She will be competing in Belgium for the Young Telenet Fidea cycling team, while she learns more about Belgian customs and racing hard.
Buccaneer tennis players compete at tourney.
Some of the country's top drum and bugle corps will be competing in Sacramento this weekend.
Jenn Jones competes in the 2012 CrossFit Games.
OGDEN — As the top archers in the US and the world gather in Ogden to compete in the Archery World Cup, the athletes have a lot on their minds.
The secular Palestinian party borrows example of Islamist Hamas during Ramadan to compete with its Gaza rival.
Low-cost Bus Line to Portland on Track to Compete Against Amtrak.
Local Businessman Competing for National Retail Award.
Below is the compete list.
You must study Mandarin and Cantonese if you really want to compete in the global marketplace.

In science:

For h non-negligible the wetting-inducing external potential competes with the tendency of the interface to win pinning energy.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The precise proportion of each of these competing effects is arbitrary and therein lies the problem.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
The ratio TrS H 4/(TrS H 2 )2 always favors a longer tail for S = 0, so we only need to consider the case of a J = 1 coupling, where the width effect and the spectral shape effect are competing with one another.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
Above a critical learning rate there is a phase transition to a state with lower symmetry. A system of interacting neural network can develop algorithms for the minority game, a model of a closed economy of competing agents.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
In the inner flow region, r <∼ 0.1rvir the entropy variation S (r) depends on several competing processes.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
GAg3, L(GAg1) > L(GAg3) > L(GAg2), can be underlarger heating (η∗ ) stood by competing influences on L: decreases the hot gas density, which lowers L, but as η∗ increases less gas cools and the larger surviving hot gas mass increases L.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
In a real lasing system, modes will compete with each other.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
This randomness gives rise to competing effects between dissipative and non-dissipative decoherence with a consequent slow down of the atomic decay rate.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
Then, we shall show how decoherence effects compete in this framework in different regimes.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
The competing, more conservative hypothesis construes the burst as the earliest phase of interaction between high-velocity (spherical) stellar ejecta and progenitor star’s wind – the same interaction that gave rise to the later radio emission .
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
As a supernova explosion engulfs a star’s envelope, the velocity of its leading shock front responds to two competing trends: a general deceleration as increasing mass is swept up, and a tendency to accelerate down any sharply declining density gradient (in a manner analogous to the cracking of a whip).
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
In this process particle creation and removal compete one another, leading to a non-equilibrium phase transition form an active (percolating) into an absorbing (non-percolating) phase.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
Competing with this is the fact that the detection of the ICM is a relatively unambiguous indicator of the physical reality of the cluster candidate.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
According to this picture d = 3 is the dimensionality above which interface motion is dominated by the curvature, while below d = 3 the external field competes effectively with the curvature.
Off equilibrium response function in the one dimensional random field Ising model
In that case the minimization of magnetic energy is hindered by the competing need to minimize the curvature of interfaces and χag (t, tw ) asymptotically disappears.
Off equilibrium response function in the one dimensional random field Ising model