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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Scheduling—and fares—will be competitive with airlines like Southwest, which flies from San Jose to San Diego International 12 times a day, with ticket prices ranging from $60 to $115 one-way. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "California Pacific Airlines Set to Fly in November," 29 Aug. 2018 In much the same vein, these highly regarded academy figures cannot produce first team ready players without the investment needed to improve the facilities and standards up to a level competitive with the other Premier League sides., "Improving Newcastle's Academy Might Just Make the Magpies Premier League Regulars for Years to Come," 4 July 2018 The world of smartwatches is getting competitive with recent additions from companies that are more famous for making GPS devices and running shoes. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit," 20 Dec. 2018 For the first time ever, 16 B-girls (female breakdancers) have been invited to the BC One World Stage to battle in the highly competitive B-Girl World Final. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Red Bull's BC One World Is Giving Female Breakdancers the Platform They Deserve," 29 Sep. 2018 Ramsey, who plays prep ball for IMG Academy in Florida, averages 14.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals on Nike's highly competitive travel circuit. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 Bottom line is that our event will feature a highly competitive field that will treat our fans to some exciting tennis from start to finish. Lori Riley,, "World No. 6 Caroline Garcia Joins Connecticut Open Tennis Field," 10 July 2018 Rowe, who won a highly competitive audition to earn her coveted post at the BSO, is seeking more than $200,000 in unpaid wages. Jeremy Eichler,, "The BSO’s principal flutist says she is paid far less than the man who is the principal oboist," 6 July 2018 And there were the typical highly competitive league opponents who always came with their best. Glenn Graham,, "2018 All-Metro boys lacrosse Coach of the Year: Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall," 4 July 2018

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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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12 May 2019

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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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