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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

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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 petition is just the latest sign that employee activism at Google is only picking up as employees realize their power to influence company decision-making in a competitive market for tech talent. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Googlers demand company renounce working with Trump immigration agencies," 15 Aug. 2019 Thus, intensive recruiting may be an inevitable by-product of selling a premium-price product in a competitive market. Katerina Manoff, The Atlantic, "How They (Online Graduate Programs) Get You," 14 Aug. 2019 But despite that, the Bay Area remains one of the nation’s most competitive markets. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools," 9 Aug. 2019 In a competitive market, other companies would be expected to try to beat that price to lure customers away from Taro. Ben Elginbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Price of an OCD drug jumped 1,200%. State attorneys general blame price fixing," 2 Aug. 2019 That $649 starting price is competitive, especially with the S-Pen included. CNN Money, "The Galaxy Tab S6 aims to mix productivity and fun in one 10.5-inch Android tablet," 31 July 2019 Read the full profile on this couple, their new show and the ins and outs of the competitive market at Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston couple who star in new HGTV show 'Going for Sold' flip houses all around the Bayou City," 30 July 2019 Philadelphia is a very competitive market, with several large academic health systems all offering state-of-the-art facilities and vying for patients with private insurance plans. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "Buy a failing hospital and profit. This could be a dangerous new playbook for rich investors," 29 July 2019 Normally, price is set by a competitive market, where customers can choose from a range of service providers. Bhaskar Chakravorti, The Conversation, "Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail," 29 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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