compete

  • 1 compete — com‧pete [kəmˈpiːt] verb [intransitive] COMMERCE when one company or country competes with another, it tries to get people to buy its goods or services rather than those available from another company or country: • measures to enable Irish… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 compete — 1 Compete, contend, contest are comparable especially in their intransitive senses when they mean to strive to gain the mastery or upper hand. Compete (see also RIVAL) implies a struggle to overcome or get the better of in an activity requiring… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Compete — can refer to:*Competition the rivalry of two or more parties *Compete.com a web traffic analysis company *Compete America an industry trade group *Non compete clause a term used in contract law under which one party (usually an employee) agrees… …

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  • 4 Compete — Com*pete , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Competed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Competing}.] [L. completere, competitum; com + petere to seek. See {Petition}.] To contend emulously; to seek or strive for the same thing, position, or reward for which another is… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 compete — I verb battle, be a candidate, be in the running, certare, challenge, clash, combat, contend, contest, cum homine contendere, duel, employ stratagem, encounter, engage in a contest, enter, enter competition, joust, match strength with, match wits …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 compete — 1610s, from M.Fr. compéter be in rivalry with (14c.), or directly from L.L. competere strive in common, in classical Latin to come together, agree, to be qualified, later, strive together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + petere to strive …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 compete — [v] go up against in contest attempt, bandy, battle, be in the running*, bid, challenge, clash, collide, contend, contest, cope with, emulate, encounter, essay, face, fence, fight, go after, go for*, go for broke*, go for the gold*, grapple, in… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 compete — ► VERB ▪ strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others. ORIGIN Latin competere, from petere aim at, seek …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 compete — [kəm pēt′] vi. competed, competing [L competere, to strive together for, be qualified < com , together + petere, to rush at, desire: see FEATHER] to enter into or be in rivalry; contend; vie (in a contest, athletic meet, etc.) …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 compete — com|pete W3S3 [kəmˈpi:t] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(business)¦ 2¦(person)¦ 3¦(in a competition)¦ 4 somebody/something can t compete with somebody/something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: competere [i] to try (with others) to get , from Latin,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 compete */*/*/ — UK [kəmˈpiːt] / US [kəmˈpɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms compete : present tense I/you/we/they compete he/she/it competes present participle competing past tense competed past participle competed to try to be more successful than other… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 compete — com|pete [ kəm pit ] verb intransitive *** 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. a. to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 compete — verb ADVERB ▪ effectively, successfully ▪ directly ▪ Their products compete directly with ours. ▪ head to head ▪ The company is prepared to compet …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 compete — v. 1) (d; intr.) to compete against, with (that store competes with us) 2) (D; intr.) to compete for (to compete for first prize) 3) (D; intr.) to compete in (to compete in a contest) * * * [kəm piːt] with (that store competes with us) (d; intr.) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 compete — [[t]kəmpi͟ːt[/t]] ♦♦♦ 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 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 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 compete — competer, n. competingly, adv. /keuhm peet /, v.i., competed, competing. to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, supremacy, profit, etc.; engage in a contest; vie: to compete in a race; to compete in business. [1610 20; < L… …

    Universalium

  • 18 compete*/*/ — [kəmˈpiːt] verb 1) to try to be more successful than other companies or people in business We re too small to compete with a company like that.[/ex] 2) to try to win a competition Her dream was to compete in the Olympics.[/ex] You will be… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 compete — 01. Finland is [competing] with Russia for the gold medal in hockey. 02. He won a major racquetball [competition] in town, and is going to be in the nationals next month. 03. There were about 200 [competitors], but only half of them actually… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 compete — com•pete [[t]kəmˈpit[/t]] v. i. pet•ed, pet•ing to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, etc.; engage in a contest; vie: to compete in business[/ex] • Etymology: 1610–20; < L competere to meet, coincide, be fitting, suffice (LL …

    From formal English to slang