[ uh-gres-iv ]
/ əˈgrɛs ɪv /
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characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player.
vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson.
boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive driver.
emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income: an aggressive mutual fund.
- (of a disease or tumor) growing or spreading rapidly; highly invasive; difficult or impossible to treat successfully: aggressive brain lesions.
- pertaining to a risky surgery or treatment, or to a medication that has grave side effects: aggressive chemotherapy.
(of a plant) spreading more rapidly than is desirable; tending to spread where not wanted: The joe-pye weed may be too aggressive to contain in the small area you’ve designated.
OTHER WORDS FOR aggressive
1 pugnacious, militant.
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Origin of aggressive
First recorded in 1690–1700; from Late Latin aggressīvus, derivative of Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī “to go to, approach, attack”
OTHER WORDS FROM aggressive
ag·gres·sive·ly, adverbag·gres·sive·ness, ag·gres·siv·i·ty [ag-re-siv-i-tee], /ˌæg rɛˈsɪv ɪ ti/, nounan·ti·ag·gres·sive, adjectivehy·per·ag·gres·sive, adjective
o·ver·ag·gres·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ag·gres·sive·ness, nounsu·per·ag·gres·sive, adjectiveun·ag·gres·sive, adjectiveun·ag·gres·sive·ness, noun
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How to use aggressive in a sentence
Other types of caterpillars have shown similar aggressive behavior in other settings.Monarch caterpillars head-butt each other to fight for scarce food|Curtis Segarra|November 19, 2020|Science News
Talk a lot about not sitting back on baseballs, being more aggressive, all those things.The Nationals’ defensive philosophy is changing. Just look at the shift.|Jesse Dougherty|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
As Twitter has gotten increasingly aggressive about policing election-related misinformation in recent weeks, conservatives are turning to a small alternative site called Parler.Conservative social media site Parler shoots to the top of the download charts postelection|Aaron Pressman|November 9, 2020|Fortune
Places that do open, such as schools, could try to adopt aggressive testing-and-tracing regimes to try to keep the coronavirus under some control.50 million world Covid-19 cases: The biggest outbreaks, explained|Christina Animashaun|November 9, 2020|Vox
“We think we have an opportunity to get aggressive, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” says McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski.McDonald’s CEO says the fast food giant has ‘an opportunity to get aggressive’|Beth Kowitt|November 9, 2020|Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for aggressive
/ (əˈɡrɛsɪv) /
quarrelsome or belligerentan aggressive remark
assertive; vigorousan aggressive business executive
Derived forms of aggressiveaggressively, adverbaggressiveness, noun
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