compete with (someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
Then Alcinous told Laodamas and Halius to dance alone, for there was no one to compete with them.
We never compete against them; we compete with them.