compete


compete
[[t]kəmpi͟ːt[/t]]
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competes, competing, competed
1) V-RECIP When one firm or country competes with another, it tries to get people to buy its own goods in preference to those of the other firm or country. You can also say that two firms or countries compete.

[V with n] The banks have long competed with American Express's charge cards and various store cards...

[pl-n V with pron-recip] The stores will inevitably end up competing with each other in their push for increased market shares...

[pl-n V for n] Banks and building societies are competing fiercely for business...

[V (non-recip)] The American economy, and its ability to compete abroad, was slowing down according to the report. [Also pl-n V]

2) V-RECIP If you compete with someone for something, you try to get it for yourself and stop the other person getting it. You can also say that two people compete for something.

[V with n for n] Kangaroos compete with sheep and cattle for sparse supplies of food and water...

[pl-n V with pron-recip] Schools should not compete with each other or attempt to poach pupils...

[pl-n V for n] More than 2300 candidates from 93 political parties are competing for 486 seats.

3) VERB If you compete in a contest or a game, you take part in it.

[V prep] He will be competing in the London-Calais-London race...

[V prep] Dubbed foreign language films will not be allowed to compete for best film...

It is essential for all players who wish to compete that they earn computer ranking points.

4) See also competing

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