Definition of compete in English:

compete

verb

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