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

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 The coaching staff deserves high marks for keeping the team competitive and within striking distance of the playoffs to the very end, but the lack of talent exposes other weaknesses. Mike Preston,, 12 Jan. 2022 Some social scientists believe that the growth of Pentecostalism in Latin America will reach a ceiling in the coming years, but there is a consensus that the religious market will remain a pluralistic and competitive one. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 The appeal to anyone hoping to be heard in the competitive and often exploitative L.A. music scene soon became apparent. Robert Strauss, Variety, 11 Jan. 2022 O'Brien said Williams has excellent speed, is an excellent route runner, competitive, smart and instinctive. Nick Kelly, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 Wisconsin will be one of the most competitive and expensive U.S. Senate races later this year. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 7 Jan. 2022 Each is an extrovert — competitive and eager to show off their respective skill sets. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, 6 Jan. 2022 Trustbusters aim for a more crowded and competitive marketplace that drives down processing costs and reaps rewards for both farmers and consumers. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 Despite that fact, the game proved to be quite competitive and entertaining. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2022

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Competitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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