competitive

adjective
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.

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People say women are inherently bitchy and competitive. Allison Glock, Marie Claire, "The Change Makers: Constance Wu, Ava DuVernay, and Jessica Chastain," 7 Mar. 2019 Satisfy their competitive spirit with this dual-sided spiral race track. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Holiday Gifts for Whatever Your Child Is Currently Obsessing Over," 16 Nov. 2018 According to Muro, while basic good manufacturing is suffering, advanced manufacturing remains competitive and a backbone of the heartland economy, which itself has been steady, if not stellar. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The unheralded success of flyover states," 18 Oct. 2018 To remain competitive, falling solar costs must chase a receding target. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018 The losing mentality that infects the clubhouse has recently become obvious by a series of fundamental lapses and defensive breakdowns that almost never showed up during the first five years of the Dan Duquette-Buck Showalter competitive revival. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: During season on the brink, Orioles are losing the head games, too," 14 July 2018 From Glendale to Phoenix, some plants are discussing updating their facilities with new technology to remain competitive. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Some of your recyclables may be going to landfills," 4 July 2018 Noncompetitive tenders for the 26-week bills and two-year notes must be received by 11 a.m. EST Monday and competitive tenders, by 11:30 a.m. Deadlines for the 13-week bills and five-year notes are noon and 1 p.m., respectively. WSJ, "Treasury to Sell $226 Billion in Debt," 21 Feb. 2019 The future of the XL Center has been debated for more than a decade, as the aging arena has lost its competitive edge against newer concert venues at Connecticut’s two casinos. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "CRDA Receives One Bid For Purchase Of Hartford's Aging XL Center," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of competitive

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for competitive

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competitive

adjective

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

competitive

adjective
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

competitive

adjective
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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