- 1Strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others: universities are competing for applicants he competed with a number of other candidates (as adjective competing) competing political ideologiesMore example sentences
take part, play, be a contestant, be a competitor, participate, be involved, get involved, engage; enter, go in for• informal throw one's hat in the ring, be in the runningcontend, vie, fight, battle, clash, tussle, grapple, wrestle, wrangle, jockey, wage war, cross swords, lock horns, go head to head; strive against, struggle against, pit oneself against; challenge, take on, try to beat• informal pitch oneself against
- Cullen says if the NRL schedules games correctly the teams would not be competing for crowds.
- In particular, the business teams are often competing for corporate resources with other businesses.
- The war-generated industrial boom competed with the manpower needs of the armies.
- 1.1 [usually with negative] Be able to rival another or others: no one can compete with his physical prowessMore example sentences
- The government is prodding banks to clean up bad loans so they are able to compete with foreign rivals.
- And the third place is further proof that he is able to compete with the senior drivers around him.
- Decent bass and good sound quality impressed the reviewers, but it was never going to be able to compete with a larger system.
- 1.2Take part in a contest: he competed in numerous track meets as a childMore example sentences
- It is important for you to support these contests by competing or by attending them.
- The company competes in dozens of contests a year, and has won, or reached the finals in, nearly 20 in the three years since its service has been available.
- May competes in an archery contest with other young women.
early 17th century: from Latin competere, in its late sense 'strive or contend for (something)', from com- 'together' + petere 'aim at, seek'.