compete


compete
verb (I)
1 PERSON/BUSINESS to try to be more successful than another person or organization, especially in business
(+ with): They found themselves competing with foreign companies for a share of the market. (+ for): She and her sister are always competing for attention. (+ against): businesses competing against each other | compete to do sth: Several advertising agencies are competing to get the contract. | can't compete (=be unable to compete, especially with something bigger or better): Small, independent bookstores simply can't compete with the big national chains.
2 IN A COMPETITION to take part in a competition or sporting event: How many runners will be competing in the marathon?
3 can't compete with sb/sth to not be as interesting, attractive etc as someone or something else: Melinda was plain and knew she couldn't compete with her sister where boys were concerned.
4 SOUND/SMELL (intransitive+ with) if a sound or smell competes with another sound or smell, you can hear/smell both equally well: The songs of the birds competed with the sound of the church bells.
5 IDEAS/ARGUMENTS if two ideas, arguments, claims etc compete with each other, they cannot both be right

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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