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.
See also: compete
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Bear with a wretch, Lavinia, bear with a wretch, ma'am, who feels the noble sacrifices you make for him, but is goaded almost to madness,' Mr Sampson slapped his forehead, 'when he thinks of competing with the rich and influential.'
For the general good, he was held back from competing with the railroad, and taught to cooperate with it by hauling freight to and from the depots.
Chepkwony, who has been competing with elite runners in North Rift region, will be up against John Njahi, the captain for World Masters Championships in Perth as well as Truphosa Chemutai who won silver and Benson Cheruiyot, the world half-marathon bronze medallist in the same meeting.
The 13 year old began competing with an assured performance in the folk song solo which earned him a second place.
He is competing with Cyprus` National Team for two years now and after going through to the World Championships in Beijing, he is considered one of the elite athletes.
It found that the non-compete clause was excessive in that it prevents Siemens from competing with Areva NP on markets on which the joint venture only acted as re-seller of Siemens' products, such as conventional islands and certain components for nuclear islands.
Historically, many of these agreements also attempted to keep former employees from competing with the agency in any way whatsoever.
From some of the youngest competitors to one of the eldest, as Ffermio meets 85-year-old Arthur Walters, who has been competing with his raspberries, apples and shallots for many years.
The time has long passed for our government to take us out of the position of competing with other governments, to recognize the realities of the situation and to provide a level playing field.
A non-compete agreement prohibits a terminated employee from competing with an employer or other entity by imposing a ban covering scope of practice, time, and geographical area.
Who knows how many great new Internet browsing features never made it out of some developer's head because he knew the futility of competing with a browser that comes preinstalled on virtually every new PC in the world?
The lower labor costs, the lower environmental and work standard requirements, and government subsidies make competing with offshore foundries on cost very difficult.
'If you're going to compete with Sky on delivering digital services there's enough challenge competing in that space, let alone competing with each other,' he added.
Sun Microsystem's Solaris operating system division appears quite optimistic about competing with Microsoft's 32-processor version.
Each was competing with a different partner in the early 1990s, but they knew e h other, since both trained at the same Southern California rink with the veteran pairs coach John Nicks, who had guided Babilonia and Gardner, as well as Jo Jo Starbuck and Ken Shelley, to their competitive successes.