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compete against someone

to contend against someone; to play against someone in a game or contest. I don't see how I can compete against all of them. She refused to compete against her own brothers.
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compete against something

to struggle against something; to seem to be in a contest with something. It was hard to be heard. I was competing against the noise of construction. Please stop talking. I do not wish to compete against the audience when I lecture.
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compete for someone or something

to contend against or contest [someone] for someone or something; to struggle for someone or something [against a competitor]. They are competing for a lovely prize. Ed and Roger are competing for Alice's attention.
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compete in something

to enter into a competition. I do not want to compete in that contest. Ann looked forward to competing in the race.
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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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While domestic foundries often find out they can't compete with the low cost structure of some Chinese operations, one thing they are looking to do is become more customer-centric.
It is many of the larger foundries that have closed in light of their inability to compete head-to-head with business from overseas, he notes.
Runners need to compete in at least three of the six preliminary runs to qualify for the Aug.
I saw we could compete with an American manufacturer.
Herta, who won two races on the CART Series, both at Laguna Seca in Monterey, will compete for the Panoz Motor Sports team in the 10-race American Le Mans Series, which starts March 16 with the 50th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
His team also will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June in France, which is not a points race in the American Le Mans Series.
Corless has developed all the tools she'll need to compete at the collegiate level.
However, despite her success in golf, she's uncertain whether she'll compete at the collegiate level.
Nearly 100 senior citizens - some in wheelchairs, some with walkers - from six convalescent hospitals and retirement homes gathered Wednesday at Lancaster City Park's Stanley Kleiner Center to compete in the eighth annual Mobility is Freedom Games.
Lauren Fleshman of Canyon, the 1998 state Division I cross country champion, and Bridget Pearson of Hoover, the 1997 state girls' pole vault champion, are also scheduled to compete.
The dispute is reminiscent of Butch Reynolds' legal battles to compete in the 1992 Olympic Trials, a matter that went all the way to the U.
Athletes compete at local, area and regional events on a year-round basis.
Hilary Smotherman, a junior at Buckley who competes at the junior-varsity level, feels confident going into Sunday's event.
States differ on whether continued employment is sufficient consideration to support a promise not to compete where the employment is employment at-will, since the employer can terminate employment at its discretion.