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English definition of “compete”

compete

verb [I]     /kəmˈpiːt/
to try to be more successful than someone or something else : It's difficult to compete when there are so many similar businesses . Small local supermarkets are working hard to compete with the giant chains . The company has not yet demonstrated the technical expertise to compete for international contracts to build satellites . Startup companies must compete against established companies which have had many years to build up their markets .
(Definition of compete verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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