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verb [intransitive] compete pronunciation in American English /kəmˈpit/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecompeting
past tensecompeted
past participlecompeted
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  1. to try to be more successful than other companies or people in business
    We have to compete in a commercial environment.
    compete with/against: We’re too small to compete with a company like that.
    1. a.
      to try to win a competition
      compete in: Her dream was to compete in the Olympics.
      compete with/against: You will be competing against the best athletes in the world.
      compete for: Ten teams will compete for the trophy.
    2. b.
      to try to get something that other people also want to have
      compete for: Several men were competing for her attention.



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