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English definition of “compete”

compete

verb [I] uk   /kəmˈpiːt/ us  
B2 to try to be more successful than someone or something else: It's difficult for a small shop to compete against/with the big supermarkets. Both girls compete for their father's attention.figurative Turn the music down - I'm not competing against/with that noise (= I can't/won't try to speak louder than that music)! B1 to take part in a race or competition: Are you competing in the 100 metres? The two athletes are competing for the gold medal.
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