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 aggressivity (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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Presti has spent years being aggressive in acquiring players and flipping assets with one goal in mind, and now that goal has been ripped away through no fault of his own. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's time for Thunder to cut ties with Russell Westbrook, start rebuilding," 6 July 2019 Thursday’s ruling could empower Republicans and Democrats who hold full control of state legislatures and governorships to become even more aggressive in drawing districts to their benefit after the 2020 census. Washington Post, "High court’s ruling shifts gerrymandering focus to states," 28 June 2019 Just being aggressive in a smaller space is big for him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres Notes: Tatis not out, even when he is; Margot stays centered; Stammen steps up," 27 June 2019 And while dreaming about Shamila thriving in the aftermath of the breakup is one thing, some fans got much more aggressive following the news. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Asks Fans to Stop Adding "More Pain to Pain" Following Her Reported Breakup with Matthew Hussey," 27 June 2019 The high rate of community arrests indicates that ICE is being aggressive in going after immigrants and not just relying on local law enforcement, said advocates. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan has 2nd highest rate of ICE arrests of immigrants," 26 June 2019 Beijing has been more aggressive in the South China Sea and has ramped up its threats against Taiwan. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, WSJ, "To Counter Beijing, the Best Option Is the G-7," 17 June 2019 Her diagnosis was double expressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer, said Dr. Robert Eisner, her hematologist and medical oncologist. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville woman taps faith, attitude and running to fight for her life: 'I didn't have time for cancer'," 11 June 2019 The Dispatch’s Rita Price reports the organization has been aggressive in suing and investigating the state. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Higher revenues, lower expenses give Ohio more cash: Capitol Letter," 10 June 2019

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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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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 aggressivity (audio) \ noun, plural aggressivities

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