Definition of compete
: to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (such as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry competing teams companies competing for customers
Examples of compete in a Sentence
Thousands of applicants are competing for the same job.
She competed against students from around the country.
We are competing with companies that are twice our size.
Did you compete in the track meet on Saturday?
The radio and the television were both on, competing for our attention.
Recent Examples of compete from the Web
The meet breaks for an hour at noon before the older divers compete in the afternoon.
Some members will be competing at the national level this fall.
Rackers is eligible to compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2017 and the selection committee will interview finalists this fall.
Participants will compete for prizes, including most patriotic, best representation of the fair's theme and most resourceful — a prize given to the fair employee group that spends no money and yet comes up with some amazing decorations, Feisst said.
Marlene Wiggington, the only female competing Saturday, polished off 11 hot dogs in 10 minutes — a new record for her.
O'Drobinak is competing against two women from Chicago and two men, one from Chicago and the other from Roselle.
Its 700 residents don't go out of their way to compete with the tony boutiques and clapboard condos of nearby Door County peninsula or Michigan's Mackinac Island.
TV: What are the benefits of having a partner who competes in the same sport, and in the same promotion?
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COMPETE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compete for English Language Learners
: to try to get or win something (such as a prize or reward) that someone else is also trying to win : to try to be better or more successful than someone or something else
: to try to be noticed, accepted, or chosen over something else
COMPETE Defined for Kids
Definition of compete for Students
: to strive for something (as a prize or a reward) for which another is also striving
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