- com|peteW3S3 [kəmˈpi:t] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(business)¦2¦(person)¦3¦(in a competition)¦4 somebody/something can't compete with somebody/something▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1600-1700; : Late Latin; Origin: competere [i]'to try (with others) to get', from Latin, 'to come together, agree, be suitable', from com- ( COM-) + petere 'to go to, look for']1.) ¦(BUSINESS)¦if one company or country competes with another, it tries to get people to buy its goods or services rather than those available from another company or country▪ They found themselves competing with foreign companies for a share of the market.▪ The Renault Clio competes against such cars as the Peugeot 206.compete for▪ The stores have to compete for customers in the Christmas season.compete in▪ The company must be able to compete in the international marketplace.compete to do sth▪ Several advertising agencies are competing to get the contract.can't compete (with sth)(=be unable to be more successful)▪ Small, independent bookstores simply can't compete with the big national chains.2.) ¦(PERSON)¦to try to gain something and stop someone else from having it or having as much of it▪ She and her sister are always competing for attention.compete against▪ I had to compete against 19 other people for the job.compete with▪ As a stepmother, don't even try to compete with the children's mother for their love.3.) ¦(IN A COMPETITION)¦to take part in a competition or sports event→↑competitor compete in/at▪ How many runners will be competing in the marathon?▪ Professional athletes may now compete at the Olympics.compete against▪ Edwards will be competing against his closest rival Olsson in the triple jump.4.) sb/sth can't compete with sb/sthto not be as interesting, attractive etc as someone or something else▪ Melinda was plain and knew she couldn't compete with her sister where boys were concerned.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.