of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by competition: competitive sports; a competitive examination.
having a strong desire to compete or to succeed.
useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage: He was careful not to divulge competitive information about his invention.
- com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun
- an·ti·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- an·ti·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- an·ti·com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun
- non·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- non·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- non·com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun
- o·ver·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- o·ver·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- o·ver·com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun
- pseu·do·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- pseu·do·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- qua·si-com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- qua·si-com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- su·per·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- un·com·pet·i·tive, adjective
- un·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverb
- un·com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun
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How to use competitive in a sentence
The strategy of getting cozy with corporate partners isn’t unique to Forage, but the team views it as a competitive advantage.Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences | Natasha Mascarenhas | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
The latter five states are among those most competitive this year.Trump and his campaign try to allay concerns about trailing Biden in television ads | Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
For example, if you bring down the cost of low-carbon technology in the US, you can make it competitive with fossil fuels in China and India, encouraging its use.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money. | Sigal Samuel | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Take a highly competitive state like Pennsylvania, for example.
The central premise of the Friedman Doctrine was that to continue to prosper, American business needed to stay globally competitive—and that required executives to focus only on profits and share price.The ghost of Milton Friedman will haunt the markets until companies fix CEO pay | Judith Samuelson | September 16, 2020 | Quartz
In the process, we get straightjacketed into emotionally distant, competitive lives.
Boys are taught early in life to devalue care, to be hyper-competitive, super-achieving men.
“These towns that are doing it just continue to make New Jersey less and less competitive,” Christie said.
The follow-up story is how those who survived both the competitive onslaught, as well as the recession, have adapted.
Yazbek says the demand for safe crossing has made the smugglers very competitive.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is simpler than having to cram and then stand the racket of a competitive examination.
Those were the days when competitive traffic, gained almost at any cost, was sweet as stolen kisses are said to be.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The design for the cathedral was a competitive one selected from many submitted by the greatest architects in the world.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Few find anything promising or attractive in the competitive examination.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Nicky's admirable judgment told him that as a competitive poet he was dished by Prothero.The Creators | May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for competitive
involving or determined by rivalry: competitive sports
sufficiently low in price or high in quality to be successful against commercial rivals
relating to or characterized by an urge to compete: a competitive personality
- competitively, adverb
- competitiveness, noun
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