compete for

compete for (someone or something)

To work or put forth effort against someone or something in an attempt to gain someone or something else. I refuse to compete for a guy's affections—if he likes someone more than me, then I need to move on. I'm feeling discouraged now that I know just how many people are competing for this job.
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compete for someone or something

to contend against or contest [someone] for someone or something; to struggle for someone or something [against a competitor]. They are competing for a lovely prize. Ed and Roger are competing for Alice's attention.
See also: compete, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Exhibit 2 above illustrates how a prospective CPA firm's owners might assess market attractiveness and ability to compete for each of four services.
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Though metals tend to show a lower affinity for hydrogen than do bacteria, Walch notes that in experiments where she let two species of microbes with different affinities for hydrogen compete for the nutrient, the less aggressive did not lose out: It competed successfully by attaching itself directly to the hydrogen producer.
Under the new regime created by these changes, lenders would reign almost supreme, as they would be in a position to realize greater profits by forcing title and abstract companies to compete for business solely by lowering their prices.