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Scientists predict that Language X will compete with English in global usage.

Another expression or word instead of "compete with" in this context?

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How about vie?

vie, verb (used without object), vied, vying.

  1. to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority

A phrase that is often used in situations like this is vie for dominance (Ngram). You could say:

Scientists predict that Language X will vie for dominance with English in terms of global usage.

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    So, "Scientists predict that Language X and English will vie for global usage"? – Hiro Nov 17 '16 at 1:13
  • @Hiro: No, you would have to tweak it slightly. I've edited my answer. – Frank H. Nov 17 '16 at 1:22
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How about rival?

Having the same pretensions or claims: competing

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Transitive verb

1 : to be in competition with

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