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Definition of compete verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compete
    he / she / it competes
    past simple competed
    -ing form competing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to try to be more successful or better than someone else who is trying to do the same as you compete (with/against somebody) (for something) Several companies are competing for the contract. We can't compete with them on price. Young children will usually compete for their mother's attention. Small traders cannot compete in the face of cheap foreign imports. compete to do something There are too many magazines competing to attract readers.
  2. 2[intransitive] compete (in something) (against somebody) to take part in a contest or game He's hoping to compete in the Chicago marathon.
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