competitive

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adjective com·pet·i·tive \kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv\

Definition of competitive

  1. 1 :  relating to, characterized by, or based on competition competitive sports a competitive marketplace

  2. 2 :  inclined, desiring, or suited to compete a competitive personality competitive interest rates

  3. 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

  1. She is a very competitive player.

  2. You need a degree to be competitive in today's job market.

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Origin and Etymology of competitive

see competition


COMPETITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of competitive for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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adjective com·pet·i·tive \kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv\

Definition of competitive for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

competitive

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adjective com·pet·i·tive \kəm-ˈpet-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of competitive

  1. :  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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