compete


compete
compete com‧pete [kəmˈpiːt] verb [intransitive] COMMERCE
when 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:

• measures to enable Irish industries to compete effectively in Europe

compete with

• It has to keep its own prices down so that it can compete with other major electricity suppliers.

compete for

• If the pound continues at this level our exporters can't compete for sales across the Atlantic.

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compete UK US /kəmˈpiːt/ verb [I]
to try to be more successful than someone or something else: »

It's difficult to compete when there are so many similar businesses.

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Small local supermarkets are working hard to compete with the giant chains.

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The company has not yet demonstrated the technical expertise to compete for international contracts to build satellites.

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Startup companies must compete against established companies which have had many years to build up their markets.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • compete — com|pete W3S3 [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,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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