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.

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In December, Walgreens announced its plans to cut more than $1 billion from its annual costs over the next three years in order to stay agile in an increasingly competitive retail space. Fortune, "Walgreens Boots Alliance," 1 July 2019 But even competitive races for two-year House seats can cost $1 million., "Legislature sends ballot initiative to voters setting stage for campaign donation limits," 30 June 2019 And today’s parting shot is wondering how much bringing back Paul Millsap helps the Nuggets stay in the arms race of the highly competitive Western Conference. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is soccer star Megan Rapinoe or president Donald Trump a better representative of American ideals?," 29 June 2019 The furniture business has become one of the most competitive with new entrants and accelerated competition from online retailers Wayfair and Amazon. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Z Gallerie closing more stores as part of its bankruptcy, 7 in Texas," 28 June 2019 As expedition cruising booms in popularity, ships are becoming ever more competitive with their offerings, with major luxury lines hopping on board, and the submarine becoming the new must-have toy. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019 Bloomberg reported last month that the FTC was investigating anti-competitive practices around the company’s Wi-Fi and Ethernet chips, amplifying an inquiry that began more than a year earlier. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The European Union is investigating Broadcom for anti-competitive practices," 26 June 2019 Suero said that in a competitive industry such as tourism, there were people who would try to undermine a top destination such as the Dominican Republic. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it 'ludicrous'," 25 June 2019 In the low-margin, hyper-competitive grocery industry, businesses have been forced to invest heavily in technology while keeping prices low as the threat of customers leaving for Amazon looms large. Madison Iszler,, "H-E-B opens new Austin technology hub," 24 June 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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