compete etymology

English word compete comes from Latin con-, Proto-Indo-European *pent-, and later Proto-Indo-European *péth₂eti (To fly.)

Detailed word origin of compete

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
con- Latin (lat) Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects. Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the simple word.
*pent- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
com- Latin (lat)
*péth₂eti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To fly.
*petō Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
peto Latin (lat) (ecclesiastical) To missionize or proselytize among the people of a place.. I ask, beg, request.. I attack.. I beg, beseech.. I make for (somewhere).. I seek, aim at, desire.
competo Latin (lat) Agree, coincide in point of time. Be equal to, be capable of. Come together, meet.
competer Middle French (frm)
compete English (eng) To be in a position in which it is possible to win or triumph.. To be in battle or in a rivalry with another for the same thing, position, or reward; to contend. To take part in a contest, game or similar event.

Words with the same origin as compete

Descendants of con-
alright collect college comfortable command commander common competition complete concern condition contact continue contract convince correct cos cost council count couple cousin cover recognize right
Descendants of *pent-
find finder pad path patrol spread widespread