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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Even if the Facebook site and app become moribund, Facebook the company is likely to remain competitive. The Economist, "Youngsters are avoiding Facebook—but not the firm’s other platforms," 20 July 2019 Its previous two-day delivery standard had already upended the shipping and logistics industries, forcing other companies to get to similar standards to be able to stay competitive. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Amazon warehouse workers around the world are striking for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 With players returning from the World Cup, starting spots on the Pride are becoming increasingly competitive, and no position is more difficult than striker. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Striker Chioma Ubogagu helps Orlando Pride to break out of scoring slump," 12 July 2019 At the time, Konami was one of the few prominent game developers to help the TurboGrafx-16, known as the PC Engine in Japan, stay competitive with and even briefly overtake Nintendo and Sega in the home console market. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Mini revival of the TurboGrafx-16 comes out March 2020 with 50 games," 12 July 2019 But the field of cars is so competitive -- it's been a fantastic season. Matias Grez, CNN, "'Who will win? I don't have a clue': Grand finale to world's most unpredictable championship," 12 July 2019 Bella Hadid Finds Summer’s Perfect Sandal This year, the battle for shoe of the summer has been especially competitive. Vogue, "Forget Flip Flops! Bella Hadid Finds Summer’s Perfect Sandal," 12 July 2019 Netflix This category has gotten remarkably competitive in this decade, and no less so this year. Matthew Gilbert,, "If I got to pick the Emmy nominees for comedy and limited series," 11 July 2019 Trump is competitive with the other Democrats tested in suburban areas. Anchorage Daily News, "Aided by a strong economy, Trump approval rises, but a majority also see him as ‘unpresidential’," 7 July 2019

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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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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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