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verb [intransitive]     compete pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecompeting
past tensecompeted
past participlecompeted
  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.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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