compete with

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compete with (someone or something)

To work or put forth effort against someone or something. How many people am I competing with for this job? Instead of competing with the loud music out here, let's go inside and talk.
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compete with someone or something

to contend against someone, something, or a group; to play in a competition against someone, something, or a group. I can't compete with all this noise. We always compete closely with our crosstown rivals, Adams High School.
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As the court asked: Why would the taxpayer sell the largest business in the area just to start a smaller one and try to compete with the business he had sold?
Local canvassing boards compete with state government.
Even if you discount the cultural policy argument--which is that we need to be able to have the capacity to tell our stories to each other and to the world otherwise we wither away as a society--and look at it in purely industrial policy terms, our "widgets" can't compete with our competitors' "widgets" any longer.
CMR says opportunities abound for new types of EP elastomers and new-generation polyolefins to compete with conventional EP elastomers in a number of markets traditionally served by conventional EP elastomers, as well as new markets.
The value of a covenant not to compete is most often determined under the income approach; the specific amount is based on the cash flow that would be lost if the covenant did not exist and the seller could compete with the buyer.