compete

In sports you compete against the opposing team. At work you compete for a promotion. With siblings, you compete for everything. Compete means to vie for a goal.

The urge to compete is universal and human, from kids who say "Race ya!," to great athletes who manage to achieve the impossible when faced with a worthy opponent. Some people are more inclined to compete than others. They are viewed as competitive and may be accused of turning everything into a competition.

Definitions of compete
  1. verb
    compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
    synonyms: contend, vie
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    go for, try for
    make an attempt at achieving something
    play
    participate in games or sport
    run off
    decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
    race, run
    compete in a race
    rival
    be the rival of, be in competition with
    emulate
    compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with
    equal, match, rival, touch
    be equal to in quality or ability
    line up
    take one's position before a kick-off
    curl
    play the Scottish game of curling
    snooker
    leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot
    revoke
    fail to follow suit when able and required to do so
    develop
    move into a strategically more advantageous position
    develop
    move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
    die
    to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
    misplay
    play wrong or in an unskillful manner
    start
    play in the starting lineup
    fumble
    drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
    volley
    make a volley
    unblock
    play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
    replay
    play again
    cricket
    play cricket
    backstop
    act as a backstop
    fullback
    play the fullback
    quarterback
    play the quarterback
    cradle
    run with the stick
    exit
    lose the lead
    play out
    play to a finish
    field
    play as a fielder
    catch
    be the catcher
    bully off, face off
    start a game by a face-off
    tee off
    strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole
    ace
    play (a hole) in one stroke
    show
    finish third or better in a horse or dog race
    place
    finish second or better in a horse or dog race
    boat-race
    participate in a boat race
    horse-race
    compete in a horse race
    campaign, run
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
    complete, nail
    complete a pass
    outrival, outvie
    be more of a rival than
    gamble
    play games for money
    walk
    give a base on balls to
    bowl
    engage in the sport of bowling
    golf
    play golf
    bandy
    toss or strike a ball back and forth
    foul
    commit a foul; break the rules
    put out
    retire
    croquet
    play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
    putt
    hit a putt
    speed skate
    race on skates
    seesaw, teeter-totter, teetertotter
    ride on a plank
    bid, call
    make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
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