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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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If he didn't compete in year 1, the likelihood of competing would fall to about 50% by year 3.
Competing on cost is a way of gaining a competitive edge by removing costs from our operations and thereby increasing our margins without raising prices.
Competing financial interests may include, but are not limited to, grant support, employment (recent, present, or anticipated), and personal financial interests by the author(s), immediate family members, or institutional affiliations that may gain or lose financially through publication.
Although eight players on the North roster played in Southern Section or City Section championship games Saturday, Noe didn't have the luxury of competing in the playoffs after Royal finished fifth in league.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of competing m-payment business models in China?
With annual revenues of $32 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.
Paul this week, but she won't be competing, despite an appeal to USAG to permit her to do so.
For the 19-year-old Simi Valley resident, the fact that she was even in the pool competing against some of the world's best swimmers less than six weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn tendon in her left knee was a victory in itself.
Also, 12 racers will be competing in the experimental Ultimate Speed division.
He said competing in a fourth Olympics in 2012, which will be held in London, is an uncertainty.
The finalists competing in Indianapolis began as part of a worldwide field of several million science fair participants during the past academic year.
Baptist standout Allyson Felix says the World Championships are as prestigious as the Olympics: ``You are still competing against the best athletes.
New Media Interface Products Offer High-Performance, Low-Cost Standard Definition-Only Replacement Solutions for Competing Legacy SD Products
Among the teams will be a group from Palos Verdes High School that will be competing with a modified Acura MDX called ``Doom Buggy'' and a team from the California Institute of Technology, which has a modified Ford van dubbed ``Alice.