Definition of compete in English:

compete

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others:

    ‘universities are competing for applicants’
    ‘he competed with a number of other candidates’
    ‘competing political ideologies’
    • ‘Found in rivers, lakes and other wetlands, they competed with human beings for fish, their main diet, and lost.’
    • ‘Your best friend was only your best friend as long as he was not competing for the same job.’
    • ‘The sound of the cool wind competed with the output from large speakers as a local music troupe doled out hot Hindi pop and movie numbers.’
    • ‘Group rivalry may have been a good evolutionary strategy when we were competing for the same bananas.’
    • ‘Over time, companies competed with one another in presenting ‘grand’ spectacles.’
    • ‘More people competing for a fixed amount of land within easy access to the big city centres must push up the price of that land.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, it is a problem of two government schemes competing for scarce funds.’
    • ‘The war-generated industrial boom competed with the manpower needs of the armies.’
    • ‘We work in teams to tight deadlines and we are competing for clients nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘With so much material competing for our attention, we cannot process it all.’
    • ‘Put simply, there are too many people competing for a tiny slice of the marketplace.’
    • ‘It would sound more logical for him to be surrounded by a bevy of beauties competing for his attention.’
    • ‘Cullen says if the NRL schedules games correctly the teams would not be competing for crowds.’
    • ‘Radio competed with the print media, but soon it became incorporated into the mainstream.’
    • ‘Two two-year-olds are at the table, competing for who can be the loudest and make the adults laugh the most.’
    • ‘Citroen are a works team, and not a satellite operation competing for a maker like Ford or Subaru.’
    • ‘Two great teams were playing at their highest levels, competing for every inch of ice.’
    • ‘The world is now competing for knowledge, because information is available to everyone.’
    • ‘In particular, the business teams are often competing for corporate resources with other businesses.’
    • ‘From time immemorial, countries have competed with each other.’
    contend, vie, fight, battle, clash, tussle, grapple, wrestle, wrangle, jockey, wage war, cross swords, lock horns, go head to head
    take part, play, be a contestant, be a competitor, participate, be involved, get involved, engage
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    1. 1.1[usually with negative] Be able to rival another or others:
      ‘no one can compete with his physical prowess’
      • ‘Canada will never be able to compete with the United States in terms of size of production budgets.’
      • ‘Our small clubs are not able to compete with big clubs in highly populated areas.’
      • ‘I'd say they have actually improved on their last season in the League but nobody can compete with Exeter.’
      • ‘Because how can the real thing possibly compete with a million fantasy endings, constructed in a million minds?’
      • ‘They were unable to compete with the new massive operators, and like the corner shops, were forced out of business.’
      • ‘Traditional fairs like this can't compete with single price theme parks.’
      • ‘And the third place is further proof that he is able to compete with the senior drivers around him.’
      • ‘Around dinner tables in the New Town, nothing can compete with property as a topic of conversation.’
      • ‘Decent bass and good sound quality impressed the reviewers, but it was never going to be able to compete with a larger system.’
      • ‘Regional railways simply cannot compete with cheap, efficient and flexible motor transport.’
      • ‘It was a fair challenge in my opinion but you can't compete with the goalkeeper any more.’
      • ‘The government is prodding banks to clean up bad loans so they are able to compete with foreign rivals.’
      • ‘We're never going to be able to compete with the real big clubs so we have to be realistic.’
      • ‘It was an attempt to try and stop the deterioration of the service in order to be able to compete with buses and lorries.’
      • ‘In a globalised world it could no longer compete with capitalism and simply gave up, exhausted.’
      • ‘While incredibly worthy and important, and also very good indeed, there is nothing out there to compete with it.’
      • ‘But China is concerned that the domestic banks are not ready to compete with their foreign rivals.’
      • ‘The cost of hiring local caregivers could not be too high to be able to compete with the rates of foreign laborers.’
      • ‘You'll never be able to compete with somebody in terms of the talents and endowments that they have.’
      rival, challenge, keep up with, keep pace with, compare with, be the equal of, match up to, match, be on a par with, be in the same class as, be in the same league as, come near to, come close to, touch, approach, approximate, emulate
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    2. 1.2 Take part in a contest:
      ‘he competed in numerous track meets as a child’
      • ‘This was a great achievement for an Erris team who were competing for the first time in this competition.’
      • ‘Women's teams have been competing for the past five years or so in Australia.’
      • ‘It was an overwhelming success with thousands of student bands competing for the coveted title.’
      • ‘Several teams around the world are already competing for the prize.’
      • ‘She will be competing for the first time alongside petrol engines at the world record attempt.’
      • ‘At the moment I am actually at the Goodwill Games where I am competing for the European team.’
      • ‘The race for second spot looks a lot more interesting, though, with three teams competing for one spot.’
      • ‘There is a lot of preparation involved in competing in ploughing contests.’
      • ‘It is important for you to support these contests by competing or by attending them.’
      • ‘The day began in Jomtien with eight teams competing for poll position in the daylong event.’
      • ‘Teams from nine schools are competing for the title of best orator in the business milieu.’
      • ‘He informed the audience that they were the latest in a long line of students that have competed in the contest.’
      • ‘The company competes in dozens of contests a year, and has won, or reached the finals in, nearly 20 in the three years since its service has been available.’
      • ‘He has been competing for just over two and half years but has already stamped his class over a host of tremendous fights.’
      • ‘May competes in an archery contest with other young women.’
      • ‘Only nine months after he started physique training, Williams competed in his first contest.’
      • ‘The youngsters were competing for the first time on snow against seasoned teams.’
      • ‘All of the girls on the team are my friends that I competed with when I was at home, so they were looking forward to seeing me.’
      • ‘Since Zhang had previously competed with a dash team in Shanghai, she was able to quickly adjust to the grueling exercise routine.’
      • ‘Each category had a minimum of 30 participants fiercely competing for the honours.’
      take part, play, be a contestant, be a competitor, participate, be involved, get involved, engage
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin competere, in its late sense strive or contend for (something), from com- together + petere aim at, seek.

Pronunciation

compete

/kəmˈpiːt/