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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

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 Except for the private clubs, supported by members’ dues, and the hotel establishments, propped up by their guests, the squeeze is on, exacerbated by rising inflation and a historically competitive market for staff. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 Market downturns offer an opportunity to take market share and gain a competitive advantage. Candace Nelson, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Schultz added that cold drinks, which now make up 74% of U.S. beverage sales, have become a huge competitive advantage for Starbucks and are bringing in younger customers. Dee-ann Durbin, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The home inspection process is a big part of what’s changed in the competitive 2022 market, Burgio said. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 But it is widely expected that the current downturn will prove to be temporary, with companies continuing to seek combinations to gain scale, efficiency and competitive advantage. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 Where is your organization in its AI and ML maturity practices against your competitive landscape? Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 31 July 2022 That's certainly how Maps got started, but today, Google prefers to collect everything itself, because that data is a huge competitive advantage. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 27 July 2022 The National Basketball Association will be the first major test of the new competitive landscape. New York Times, 24 July 2022 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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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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