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’
    • ‘In particular, the business teams are often competing for corporate resources with other businesses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 world is now competing for knowledge, because information is available to everyone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From time immemorial, countries have competed with each other.’
    • ‘We work in teams to tight deadlines and we are competing for clients nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘Over time, companies competed with one another in presenting ‘grand’ spectacles.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, it is a problem of two government schemes competing for scarce funds.’
    • ‘It would sound more logical for him to be surrounded by a bevy of beauties competing for his attention.’
    • ‘With so much material competing for our attention, we cannot process it all.’
    • ‘The war-generated industrial boom competed with the manpower needs of the armies.’
    • ‘Two great teams were playing at their highest levels, competing for every inch of ice.’
    • ‘Citroen are a works team, and not a satellite operation competing for a maker like Ford or Subaru.’
    • ‘Put simply, there are too many people competing for a tiny slice of the marketplace.’
    • ‘Found in rivers, lakes and other wetlands, they competed with human beings for fish, their main diet, and lost.’
    • ‘Group rivalry may have been a good evolutionary strategy when we were competing for the same bananas.’
    • ‘Your best friend was only your best friend as long as he was not competing for the same job.’
    • ‘Cullen says if the NRL schedules games correctly the teams would not be competing for crowds.’
    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. 1.1[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.’
      • ‘Because how can the real thing possibly compete with a million fantasy endings, constructed in a million minds?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But China is concerned that the domestic banks are not ready to compete with their foreign rivals.’
      • ‘While incredibly worthy and important, and also very good indeed, there is nothing out there to compete with it.’
      • ‘Our small clubs are not able to compete with big clubs in highly populated areas.’
      • ‘You'll never be able to compete with somebody in terms of the talents and endowments that they have.’
      • ‘Around dinner tables in the New Town, nothing can compete with property as a topic of conversation.’
      • ‘In a globalised world it could no longer compete with capitalism and simply gave up, exhausted.’
      • ‘Decent bass and good sound quality impressed the reviewers, but it was never going to be able to compete with a larger system.’
      • ‘It was an attempt to try and stop the deterioration of the service in order to be able to compete with buses and lorries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were unable to compete with the new massive operators, and like the corner shops, were forced out of business.’
      • ‘And the third place is further proof that he is able to compete with the senior drivers around him.’
      • ‘I'd say they have actually improved on their last season in the League but nobody can compete with Exeter.’
      • ‘We're never going to be able to compete with the real big clubs so we have to be realistic.’
      • ‘Traditional fairs like this can't compete with single price theme parks.’
    2. 1.2Take part in a contest.
      ‘he competed in numerous track meets as a child’
      • ‘It is important for you to support these contests by competing or by attending them.’
      • ‘At the moment I am actually at the Goodwill Games where I am competing for the European team.’
      • ‘She will be competing for the first time alongside petrol engines at the world record attempt.’
      • ‘Each category had a minimum of 30 participants fiercely competing for the honours.’
      • ‘Only nine months after he started physique training, Williams competed in his first contest.’
      • ‘It was an overwhelming success with thousands of student bands competing for the coveted title.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The day began in Jomtien with eight teams competing for poll position in the daylong event.’
      • ‘Since Zhang had previously competed with a dash team in Shanghai, she was able to quickly adjust to the grueling exercise routine.’
      • ‘This was a great achievement for an Erris team who were competing for the first time in this competition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a lot of preparation involved in competing in ploughing contests.’
      • ‘May competes in an archery contest with other young women.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has been competing for just over two and half years but has already stamped his class over a host of tremendous fights.’
      • ‘Women's teams have been competing for the past five years or so in Australia.’
      • ‘He informed the audience that they were the latest in a long line of students that have competed in the contest.’
      • ‘The youngsters were competing for the first time on snow against seasoned teams.’

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/