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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The election, pushed forward by two months following the death in late July of 92-year-old President Beji Caid Essebsi, was the most competitive since the revolution. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Political outsiders head for runoff in Tunisian presidential vote, upsetting establishment," 17 Sep. 2019 The reason Dave formed the Bears was to offer a landing spot to players who struggled to find homes on highly competitive travel teams or faced financial limitations in the ridiculously expensive sport. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 Esven in a highly competitive environment, someone, at any given time, is going to be ahead. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Congress wants Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon emails as probe heats up," 13 Sep. 2019 Every team has its frictions, and most competitive ones have truly incendiary moments. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2016, Williams gave him his most competitive race — Satz won by a little over three percentage points, 5,400 votes out of 164,000 cast. Rafael Olmeda,, "For first time in decades, new faces will fill top prosecutor and defender jobs," 9 Sep. 2019 Kelly is running against Senator Martha McSally next year in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg, Time, "In Fundraiser Email, State GOP Chief Says She Wants to Stop Arizona Senate Candidate 'Dead in His Tracks'," 6 Sep. 2019 There's no shortage of young singers and dancers hoping to break into the highly competitive entertainment industry, and K-pop idols often undergo rigorous training from a young age. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "They wanted to be K-pop stars. Instead, these Brazilian women were forced into prostitution, police say," 4 Sep. 2019 Sponsored by the Ohio Watercolor Society, a non-profit fine arts organization, this highly competitive, juried show annually attracts entries from the entire state of Ohio and areas along its boundaries. Shirley Macfarland,, "Strongsville resident wins at Ohio Watercolor Society show: Strong Points," 29 Aug. 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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involving a confidence or trust

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