compete with

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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But this year, as they're not allowed to compete with their stock because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak, they have decided to compete with their maize and silage and try their hand in the cookery section.
Fraud is rampant in such programs, and the AgJOBS bills would not "solve" agriculture's problem and allow us to compete with foreign nations that also use cheap labor.
The way we compete with giants in this industry is to develop a niche market and differentiate ourselves by offering value-added products and services.
To address that, let's look at the playing field and the "rules." The advanced economies of the world came to the conclusion that it isn't appropriate for governments to compete with private enterprise (governments always win that contest) and have devised a set of rules to play by for those who sign up.
This is not a problem until the "related," "accessory" or "complementary" products begin to compete with another tenant, or expand into an area that is undesirable to the owner, or that discourages potential tenants that do not compete with the chocolatier, but for the expanded use.
Because an investigator can receive a maximum of five years of support under the GRIP program, and this specific GRIP award is not renewable, any future application will be considered to be an unsolicited competing application based on this project and will compete with all investigator-initiated applications submitted to NIH through the Center for Scientific Review.
For example, we cannot and do not want to compete with the cost of labor in Nicaragua, which is 30% cheaper than our own" she says.
"When I am there, standing with the strongest men in the world, I'm demonstrating that we are as equal as anybody, that we can compete with anybody.
In the political arena, the two specific issues confronting metalcasters are the proposed changes to the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of silica and the unbalanced playing field on which metalcasters must compete with China.
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?
Deregulation proponents argue that radio broadcasters need the cost advantages associated with size to compete with TV, newspapers, and other larger media companies, and that the ability to provide a national platform for advertisers was imperative for the industry's survival.
As Linux grows in popularity, Redmond will have no choice but to reduce prices to compete with a free operating system.
The deals are born from regional insurers' need to compete with the major players, said Chuck Johnston, vice president and director of insurance information strategies for the Meta Group, which helps insurers form these alliances.
The covenant provided that Stinson and Roundtree would not compete with Frontier in the car dealership business in Yellowstone County for five years.
Local canvassing boards compete with state government.