hy·​per·​com·​pet·​i·​tive ˌhī-pər-kəm-ˈpe-tə-tiv How to pronounce hypercompetitive (audio)
variants or hyper-competitive
: extremely or excessively competitive
hypercompetitive athletes
learning to adapt quickly in a hypercompetitive industry
… eliminates customers' deep fear that their siblings, neighbors or hyper-competitive co-workers might score sweeter deals on the same vehicles.James Bennet
hypercompetitiveness noun
or hyper-competitiveness
The latest work offers a counterpoint to the familiar face of nature, that of animal brutality, hypercompetitiveness, selfishness and deceit. Natalie Angier

Examples of hypercompetitive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case will kick off an election-year showdown over reproductive rights that is expected to heavily influence the outcomes of Arizona’s hypercompetitive 2024 races, including contests for Congress and the White House. Eliza Collins and Laura Kusisto, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2023 Getty Images With companies looking to cut costs in a high-inflation landscape, a bevy of employee perks that saw a rise during the hypercompetitive post-pandemic job market is on the chopping block, including tuition assistance, charitable gift matching, and even dental insurance. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Adidas entered the partnership in hopes of catching up to Nike, which had long dominated the hypercompetitive global sneaker market. Megan Twohey, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 In the early nineties, making it through hip-hop’s hypercompetitive gantlet didn’t guarantee stability. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 The surge can be explained, in part, by the coronavirus pandemic, as these athletes, hypercompetitive by nature, embraced long runs, indoor and outdoor bike rides, and endless pool laps to ward off isolation and set new goals. David W. Chen, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2022 In a hypercompetitive, billion-dollar business, Gaudelli is considered the standard. Jason Gay, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Not only are participation levels declining due to increasing costs, a lack of resources and opportunities, and the hypercompetitive nature of many sports, opportunities and disinterest have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Loré, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 No better outcome for title aspirants like the Jets, Bills, Bengals, Ravens, Jaguars and a few others than watching the champs stumble out of the blocks in what promises to be a hypercompetitive conference. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypercompetitive was in 1914

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“Hypercompetitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercompetitive. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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