Compete

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.
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The rival statesmen, with eyes fixed on America, were all the while competing for European alliances.
Bancroft.
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Com"pe*tence

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Com"pe*ten*cy

(?) }, n. [Cf. F. comptence, from L. competentia agreement.] 1. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.
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The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the assertion of the common cause.
Burke.
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To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law.
Burke.
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2. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
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Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words -- health, peace, and competence.
Pope.
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Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
Shak.
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3. (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. Kent.
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5. the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually, especially possession of the skill and knowledge required (for a task).
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