Com*pete"(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Competed; p. pr. & vb. n. Competing.] [L. completere, competitum; com- + petere to seek. See Petition.] 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.Bancroft.
Com"pe*ten*cy(?) }, n. [Cf. F. comptence, from L. competentia agreement.] 1. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.
The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause.Burke.
To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law.Burke.
2. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,Pope.
Lie in three words -- health, peace, and competence.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.Shak.
(Law) (a) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the
competency of a witness or of a evidence. (b) Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the
competence of a judge or court.
5. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC]
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