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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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Think of competing on services this way: Now tht product quality is all but standardized in our industry, virtually the only profit-making (i.
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.
Up until three weeks ago, there wasn't even a plan for her to swim,'' said Davidson, who has Sullivan and several other CSA swimmers also competing at the Southern California Junior Olympics at the Janet Evans Swim Complex in Mission Viejo.
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.
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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.
In response to the third-party offer and pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, Stratford American provided notice of the competing offer to JDMD and JDMD had an opportunity to match the offer.
The victory was particularly sweet for El Camino because the team members were competing as a ``wild card'' team in the state meet, having come in second at the Los Angeles Unified School District regional competition to two-time national champion and perennial rival Taft High School, also of Woodland Hills.
Guto Antunes, 27, an Olympic distance athlete who has been competing since 1999.
Of the six schools competing in the Foothill League, Saugus is the only one to win a title - defeating now-defunct Rolling Hills of Rolling Hills Estates 66-53 in the 1987 3-A championship - but competed in the Golden League that season.
The pre-acquisition agreement provides that Asia Pacific will not (and will not permit its subsidiaries and will use reasonable best efforts to ensure that its representatives do not) solicit, initiate, or engage in discussions or negotiations, encourage submission of any inquiries, proposals or offers by, or take any other action intended or designed to facilitate the efforts of any third party (collectively the "No Shop Covenant") relating to a Competing Proposal.
Some members of the SCTC Midget Girls team were also in Chicago competing as members of the Valley Striders Team, which also took second place.