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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Paré and McGilligan said the job hunt in 2020 will require more flexibility and be more competitive than before the pandemic. Margot Armbruster, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I did all the right things:' College students pivot in job market thrown off by coronavirus," 9 July 2020 Companies have been passing the tax credit on to their customers in the form of lower lease rates; without it, leases will be even less competitive with ownership. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "What the biggest-ever solar company acquisition means for the future," 8 July 2020 Amaya conceded the fight for the starting XI had been competitive. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Frankie Amaya, Allan Cruz discuss the logjam in the midfield," 8 July 2020 Galaxies are more competitive with each other than friendly. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble spots galaxy moving away from us at 3 million miles per hour," 6 July 2020 With a base price of about $65 million, the booster was competitive with SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX faces South Texas review, the Angara A5 costs too much," 3 July 2020 The Taurus is competitive with European sedans as well. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 Crucially, the cost of renewable energy can now be competitive with fossil fuels. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Green Energy Is Finally Going Mainstream," 24 June 2020 Sonata prices are competitive with top Camry and Accord hybrids. cleveland, "2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid delivers 52 mpg, surprising features," 6 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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28 Jul 2020

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“Competitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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

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competitively adverb

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