com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce competitive (audio) \

Definition of competitive

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

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Other Words from competitive

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 Marketplace and Dating offer people more choices and both products operate in a highly competitive environment with many large incumbents. David Meyer, Fortune, 4 June 2021 As a result, streaming video providers have begun to consolidate to build scale and remain competitive. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 3 June 2021 If that became the norm and there was no cooperation from the players’ side, the global media has less incentive to go cover a tournament, which means tennis doesn’t get as much coverage in a highly competitive environment. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 The former high school athlete, now cancer-free, struggled to find ways to remain competitive and keep pounds off. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Renovations will update the 53-year-old Tempe stadium — one of the oldest in the league — to remain competitive as other cities build newer ballparks or renovate their facilities. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021 Some of the biggest population gains have come in the booming Sun Belt -- places such as Georgia, Arizona and Texas -- where changing demographics have made the states more politically competitive. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 22 May 2021 The new system now allocates slots at the highly competitive school in a system that distributes the vast majority of slots to the top 1.5 percent of students at each of the county's middle schools. Matthew Barakat, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 What’s needed is a competitive environment to stimulate innovation. Andy Plump, STAT, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of competitive

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for competitive

see competition

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The first known use of competitive was in 1829

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11 Jun 2021

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“Competitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of competitive

: of or relating to a situation in which people or groups are trying to win a contest or be more successful than others : relating to or involving competition
: having a strong desire to win or be the best at something
: as good as or better than others of the same kind : able to compete successfully with others


com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce competitive (audio) \

Kids Definition of competitive

: characterized by or based on a situation in which more than one person is striving for the same thing competitive sports


com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv How to pronounce competitive (audio) \

Medical Definition of competitive

: depending for effectiveness on the relative concentration of two or more substances competitive inhibition of an enzyme competitive protein binding

Other Words from competitive

competitively adverb


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