aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Definition of aggressive

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter
2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality
b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman
3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors
4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

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Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌa-​ˌgre-​ˈsi-​və-​tē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for aggressive

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer
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Recent Examples on the Web The Szemereis’ agent, Derek Oie, told them: Be aggressive. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Found your California dream home? Good luck with that — it may be gone by tomorrow," 23 Apr. 2021 However, if Denver wants to be aggressive, then the Broncos could strike a deal to get into the back half of the first round and solidify their offensive line for the long term. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, "Denver Broncos NFL Draft Preview: A Talented Team Still Needs A Long-Term Answer At Quarterback," 21 Apr. 2021 The buyers were aggressive—all of them men, none of them willing to engage with the thought experiment Gokey was presenting—and the calls never lasted longer than a minute. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, "The Long Fight to Cancel Student Loans," 19 Apr. 2021 The Packers have been aggressive in Round 1 under GM Brian Gutekunst, trading up multiple times the past few years. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what the latest NFL mock drafts are projecting for the Packers," 15 Apr. 2021 What Burch has been able to do is emphasize being aggressive, rather than just getting pumped up, to hit beam under pressure. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah will open the NCAA Gymnastics Championships on balance beam. That poses some challenges.," 13 Apr. 2021 Chinese brands have also managed to keep luring shoppers by constantly updating their portfolios and aggressive marketing, according to Singh. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "While the Indian government was busy banning Chinese apps, Indians were busy buying Chinese smartphones," 12 Apr. 2021 George Springer, the team’s leadoff hitter at the time, was aggressive on the first pitch, putting the opposing team on the defense from the start. BostonGlobe.com, "Kiké Hernández goes a long way to answer questions about his hitting," 10 Apr. 2021 Purdue said the plan amounts to $10 billion of value for claimants and communities affected by the opioid crisis that was fueled by the company's aggressive marketing of OxyContin, according to multiple lawsuits. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "Sackler family to pay $4.2 billion toward opioid lawsuit settlement, documents show," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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The first known use of aggressive was in 1716

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“Aggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggressive. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for aggressive

aggressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aggressive

: ready and willing to fight, argue, etc. : feeling or showing aggression
: using forceful methods to succeed or to do something
: very severe

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior
2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation
3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ ə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggressive

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior
2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors
3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌag-​ˌre-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce aggressive (audio) \ noun, plural aggressivities

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