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Meaning of “compete” in the English Dictionary

"compete" in British English

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competeverb [I]

uk   us   /kəmˈpiːt/
B2 to ​try to be more ​successful than someone or something ​else: It's ​difficult for a ​smallshop to compete against/with the ​bigsupermarkets. Both ​girls compete fortheir father's ​attention.figurative Turn the ​music down - I'm not competing against/with that ​noise (= I can't/won't ​try to ​speaklouder 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 ​goldmedal.

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(Definition of compete from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compete" in American English

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competeverb [I]

 us   /kəmˈpit/
to do an ​activity with ​others and ​try to do ​better than they do: Two TV ​stations are competing for the ​topspot in the ​state of Iowa. To compete is also to be ​part of a ​sportsactivity in which you are ​trying to ​win: He will compete in ​track this ​spring and ​playfootball next ​fall.
(Definition of compete from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compete" in Business English

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competeverb [I]

uk   us   /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 ​localsupermarkets are ​working hard to compete with the ​giantchains. The ​company has not yet ​demonstrated the ​technicalexpertise to compete forinternationalcontracts to ​buildsatellites. Startup ​companies must compete againstestablishedcompanies which have had many ​years to ​build up their ​markets.
(Definition of compete from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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