com·​pet·​i·​tive | \ kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv \

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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The media is more fragmented, more competitive, more profit-driven. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 The hope is that these new, high-tech bikes will spur Uber’s effort to dominate the micromobility space, which is growing increasingly competitive and more expensive to navigate. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 Elections can get nasty, personal, and competitive, and that can be unattractive to people without a special interest in politics, or really to anyone who doesn't want to get into the drama of the moment. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who to Vote for in the 2018 Midterms: A Complete Guide to Figuring It Out," 13 Sep. 2018 The application process is becoming more competitive. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Survive College-Application Season With the Family in One Piece," 11 Dec. 2018 Combatting gerrymandering, for example, could make elections more competitive, which might similarly motivate politicians to provide more of the services their constituents want. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 Take advantage of these opportunities in high school because earning outside scholarships in college could be a lot more competitive. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "7 Things You Should Actually Do When Applying to Colleges," 20 Nov. 2018 And other states and districts may be more competitive than your own. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "How to Impact the Midterms, Even If You Don’t Live in a Swing State," 22 Oct. 2018 As noted by Forbes, the store's foray into wine could make Walmart more competitive with fellow superstore Costco. Fox News, "Walmart's new wine line not as cheap as other retailers', but will 'drink like' more expensive bottles, store says," 2 Oct. 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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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 \

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 \

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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