competitive

adjective

com·​pet·​i·​tive kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce competitive (audio)
1
: relating to, characterized by, or based on competition
competitive sports
a competitive marketplace
2
: inclined, desiring, or suited to compete
a competitive personality
competitive interest rates
3
: depending for effectiveness on the relative concentration of two or more substances
competitive inhibition of an enzyme
competitively adverb
competitiveness noun

Examples of competitive in a Sentence

She is a very competitive player. You need a degree to be competitive in today's job market.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, most of the round of 16 matches were blow outs; only a couple of them even looked competitive. Todd Boss, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The commission asked questions about how competitive the student is and whether she had been denied participation on a boys’ team, her father recounted. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2024 O'Shea has always been competitive and into athletics ― dance growing up, track in high school, squash in college. Claudia Levens, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Filling major roles with less expensive but worthwhile talent helped the Bills sign Allen to a six-year, $258 million deal in 2021 and still stay competitive. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 26 Feb. 2024 Or, as economists would say, that free riders will end up the winners as others step up to the requirements of the sustainability imperative and bear costs in doing so that translate into a competitive disadvantage. Dan Esty, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 Democrats eye New Hampshire and Vermont New England holds a potential boon for Democrats this fall, as deep-blue Vermont and fiercely independent New Hampshire could both hold competitive gubernatorial races. USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Even worse, Stanford wasn’t competitive down the stretch as the Beavers broke open a close game, outscoring the Cardinal 26-15 over the final eight minutes. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 Remember, applying for a business grant can be competitive, often requiring a comprehensive business plan and a clear demonstration of how the funds will be used. William Mullane, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see competition

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of competitive was in 1829

Dictionary Entries Near competitive

Cite this Entry

“Competitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/competitive. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

competitive

adjective
com·​pet·​i·​tive kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce competitive (audio)
: relating to, characterized by, or based on competition
competitive sports
competitive bidding
competitively adverb
competitiveness noun

Medical Definition

competitive

adjective
com·​pet·​i·​tive kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce competitive (audio)
: depending for effectiveness on the relative concentration of two or more substances
competitive inhibition of an enzyme
competitive protein binding
competitively adverb
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