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.
Recent Examples on the Web The food delivery market is fiercely competitive and may only continue to heat up as the pandemic continues. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "DoorDash is now valued at nearly $16 billion," 18 June 2020 Just as with Brink, these destination breweries will be more competitive going forward because of the relaxing of social distancing requirements. Matt Koesters,, "These are the breweries you thought belonged on our top 5 list," 17 June 2020 Avio is positioning Vega to be competitive in offering rideshare opportunities for smaller satellites. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "An Italian-made rocket faces a big test on Thursday night," 17 June 2020 Early in the cycle, Montana wasn't close to the top level of competitive races, but in recent months, Montana has moved in terms of ad spending ahead of other races that have been watched closely like Michigan, Georgia, and Texas. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Alabama voting restrictions struck down ahead of July Senate runoff," 16 June 2020 It’s not like we got blown out because even all the losses were competitive. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Clayster,’ Dallas Empire make work of art in 3-0 sweep of Seattle, advance to tournament semifinal," 14 June 2020 Senate Democrats are eyeing a path to the majority after the 2020 elections, beginning in Colorado, along with competitive races in Arizona, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and possibly other states. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Cory Gardner counts on John Hickenlooper's missteps in perilous reelection bid," 12 June 2020 Yosemite National Park, for which campground parking is notoriously competitive during the summer season, reopened June 11. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Camping in California Officially Reopens Today," 12 June 2020 The company is highly competitive in North America with its Ram Trucks and Jeep products. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "FCA's top communications exec leaves job after just 4 months," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of competitive was in 1829

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22 Jun 2020

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“Competitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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