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"compete" in British English

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competeverb [I]

uk   /kəmˈpiːt/  us   /kəmˈpiːt/
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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(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 top spot in the state of Iowa.
To compete is also to be part of a sports activity in which you are trying to win: He will compete in track this spring and play football 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 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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