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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.
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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.
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compete in (something)

To participate in a competition. Who is competing in this heat?
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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 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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Also competing were Scott Lewis, aged 13, in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, Hannah Pilling, aged 14, who raced in the 400m individual medley, Eden Warburton, aged 12, competed in the 100m backstroke race and William Thackray represented the club in the 1500m freestyle event.
Lewellen competed in several other events Saturday because he's training for a decathlon next month in Seattle.
Masters championship in 1971, he has since then competed in seven age groups (45-49 through 7579) and set 26 Masters world records, mostly in the backstroke.
These athletes competed, and won, despite the famous MS heat-sensitivity.
Then, as Kerri competed at a higher level, other gymnasts received more recognition and better scores from the judges than she did.
Sand, who started skating at age ten, competed in singles for several years as well.
The last full season I competed I felt I was sick all the time.
Ding competed among about 150 other adversaries and placed third, earning a bronze medal for the women's foil event in her age group.
Carneddau's Anna Evans and Karen Stuart-Smith competed in the female-only Deva Divas triathlon on Sunday.
Helen has been riding from the age of five and competed up to the highest level during her career.
The finalists were among the overall top 12 scoring teams from 115 that competed in 26 heats at county parks and woods throughout the UK during the summer.
When we got too big to bid on 8(a), we competed effectively and bid on the jobs we wanted." Am-Pro posted revenues of $35 million last year and expects to earn $40 million in 1995.
Kate Williams, Stephanie Blakeburn and Gareth Allen competed in the 16 and over age category.
Prior to injuring her ankle, Vetros had competed on vault and bars.
BERLIN - Two Berlin swimmers from the Fitchburg-based Wachusett Storm Swim Club qualified and competed in the 2008 New England 12 and Under Age Group Championship swim meet in Attleboro, Feb.