compete


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to compete: compete against, Alexa

compete against (someone or something)

To work or put forth effort against someone or something in an attempt to do something successfully. I'm probably competing against a hundred people for this job. Instead of competing against the loud music out here, let's go inside and talk.
See also: compete

compete for (someone or something)

To work or put forth effort against someone or something in an attempt to gain someone or something else. I refuse to compete for a guy's affections—if he likes someone more than me, then I need to move on. I'm feeling discouraged now that I know just how many people are competing for this job.
See also: compete, for

compete in (something)

To participate in a competition. Who is competing in this heat?
See also: compete

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.
See also: compete
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: compete

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.
See also: compete

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.
See also: compete, for

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.
See also: compete

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.
See also: compete
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
- Short track speed skating ladies' 1,500m final (Korea's Shim Suk-hee and Choi Min-jeong to compete, 21:11); men's 1,000m final (Korea's Seo yi-ra, Hwang Dae-heon and Lim Hyo-jun to compete, 21:26)
Mohammed Abu Khoussa, 22 years old, will be the first Palestinian runner to compete in the 100-meter event in the Olympics.
The post Three Cypriot athletes compete during Rio's first day appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
In Ruse, a total of 688 will compete for 24 places on August 3.
(Picture: left to right) Claudia Mouton, co-director of SMEs Compete, Ali Ipinge, head of small & medium enterprises at First National Bank of Namibia and Danny Meyer, director of SMEs Compete, during the firm's fifth anniversary in Windhoek.
The Compete North East team also liaises directly with buyers from major companies in the Olympic supply chain on behalf of the region's businesses.
* undisputable documentation of ample payment in exchange for a seller's agreement not to compete
Georgia Cooper (13), Olivia Parry (12), Chloe Ross (11) and Morgan Horne (10) travelled to Malta with their coach Sara Harper to compete at the event and take part in a week long gymnastics camp.
David Davies, swimmer, from Cardiff He will compete in the 10km open water and 1,500m freestyle.
Eleven Ladies compete in an all star Ladies Division competing for Best Gross and Best Nett, Lady Vice Captain - Adele McKelvey (4) starts as favourite for the gross medal, she will however been challenged closely by the on form Jo Schoeman (5).
The web designer from Rhos on Sea was the only representative from Wales to compete at the event in Walsall, Birmingham.
The Tyneside-based athlete was on his way to Amsterdam to compete in an international meeting in Hengelo, but was stopped from boarding due to a passport problem.
agriculture compete in a global economy, but because the agricultural industries in other countries pay their laborers so much less compared to the United States, the bills are unlikely to do any such thing.
Springfield's Harvey Lewellen didn't have to come as far to compete Sunday.
Students at Tyner Elementary School in Tyner, Ky., competing in a regional Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) in November, are on their way to Lexington, Ky., to compete for a shot at the national competition in San Diego as a result of their excellent work on a project about disabled veterans.