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verb [intransitive] compete pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpiːt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycompete
he/she/itcompetes
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.

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    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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