Definition of competitive in English:



  • 1Relating to or characterized by competition.

    ‘a competitive sport’
    ‘the intensely competitive newspaper industry’
    • ‘I want school sports coordinators to spend the next 12 months bringing competitive sports back to schools.’
    • ‘A touch of arrogant confidence is part of the mix for competitive success.’
    • ‘Sports and other competitive activities were enjoyed before bands played music for dancing at regular intervals.’
    • ‘Often, when you watch competitive sport, you see young competitors winning.’
    • ‘We have made so many excellent performances in the area of competitive sports.’
    • ‘Keeping on top of global developments in a particular field can afford serious competitive advantage.’
    • ‘Nevertheless most of us achieve our competitive successes as part of a team.’
    • ‘For Australia, a country with the most competitive coal industry in the world, this is economic lunacy.’
    • ‘After all, who else would close their album with a small, quietly defiant song about the horrors of competitive sports?’
    • ‘World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has urged youngsters to get off the couch and start taking part in competitive sport.’
    • ‘It is a much cheaper way of gaining competitive advantage and it is a continuing process.’
    • ‘How do countries and their firms and industries develop and maintain their distinct competitive advantages?’
    • ‘That gives us, as New Zealanders, a clear, competitive advantage in most industries.’
    • ‘Take full advantage of the choices made available to you by this competitive industry.’
    • ‘Selected teams from all six local authority areas in Cumbria come together on one day for a competitive festival of sport.’
    • ‘For all his success, his competitive history is filled with moments of fragility.’
    • ‘Achieving competitive success means working with people, not replacing them.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, the papers work in a competitive industry, where sales and profits play a vital role.’
    • ‘Successful competitive fencing cannot be taught entirely through class instruction.’
    • ‘But the demands of success on the competitive circuit led to the drafting in of professional players.’
    ruthless, merciless, aggressive, fierce
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    1. 1.1Having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others.
      ‘she had a competitive streak’
      • ‘They have got a new continental manager who has been a massive success in the notoriously competitive Spanish league.’
      • ‘Bayern Munich may have been knocked out of Europe, but their competitive spirit is as strong as ever.’
      • ‘Not to mention that the years spent fighting each other had given them a bit of a competitive streak.’
      • ‘Because of this, overtraining is typically accompanied by a loss in competitive desire and a loss in enthusiasm for training.’
      • ‘The competitive spirit flows strongly, too, in the rapidly reviving brass band.’
      • ‘Even their displays of competitive compassion only emphasise how illusory the choice is.’
      • ‘Her competitive streak was raging, and she fully intended to win this game.’
      • ‘A confident, competitive, compassionate Scotland was, and is, an ambition worth working for.’
      • ‘Professional challenges continue to thrive and you need to be competitive and confident.’
      • ‘It seems the formidable competitive streak which made him the world's greatest all-round athlete remains.’
      • ‘Given this age dominated by a competitive mindset, this might be the most natural thing to happen.’
      • ‘He was strong and competitive, but had a soft side that he rarely showed to anyone but family.’
      • ‘Murray's competitive spirit and determination to succeed has not gone unnoticed among his peers.’
      • ‘It's very competitive and assertive.’
      • ‘The sport is full of gifted, incredibly competitive and strongly motivated people.’
      • ‘He also predicted the potential of competitive spirit in Asian countries.’
      • ‘A large quantity of fuel is wasted as a result of competitive driving leading to accidents.’
      • ‘There also burns, below a serene surface, a fierce competitive streak.’
      • ‘This was an excellent game of football, displayed by two very competitive sides.’
      • ‘I've always been very determined, very competitive, wanting to be the best at things that I'm into.’
      ambitious, driven, vying, combative, contentious, aggressive
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  • 2As good as or better than others of a comparable nature.

    ‘a car industry competitive with any in the world’
    • ‘In the longer term, he was looking at how to ensure that Europe would be competitive in comparison with the United States.’
    • ‘Many US firms could now find it is easier to export because their goods and services are considerably more competitive.’
    • ‘Those projects as well as excellence in education will make the country competitive.’
    • ‘Air access and egress is considered a fundamental for any region which hopes to be competitive in the future.’
    1. 2.1(of prices) low enough to compare well with those of rival traders.
      ‘we offer prompt service at competitive rates’
      • ‘So far had firings gone by 1900 that buttons made in Germany were on sale at competitive prices in Birmingham itself!’
      • ‘Trees are available in several shapes and are offered at competitive prices.’
      • ‘Longer stays and midweek visits are also usually available at competitive prices.’
      • ‘Her brief is to produce a commercial range of designs at competitive prices that can be delivered in as little as 15 days.’
      • ‘Easy availability and the competitive price of pan masala in the market are other factors for its popularity.’
      • ‘Drinks are on sale at competitive prices and members enjoy darts, pool and Crown Green Bowling.’
      • ‘The new Sirion prices are very competitive and represent good value for money in the supermini sector.’
      • ‘For nearly 20 years it has been putting the New World to shame in terms of its competitive price and reliability.’
      • ‘Prices are not competitive, in the economist's sense, as soon as they rise above marginal cost.’
      • ‘All artworks are on sale at very keen, competitive prices, so come along and enjoy the wonderful display.’
      • ‘Three competitive proposals are usually enough to establish a competitive price for money.’
      • ‘Being able to supply after-market transponder keys at competitive prices is only half the battle.’
      • ‘She is one of many people looking forward to a larger variety of quality goods with more competitive prices.’
      • ‘In the current market, however, a competitive price will be of paramount importance.’
      • ‘The success is attributed to an innovative use of technology combined with quality products at competitive prices.’
      • ‘MSN will be offered at a competitive price when the society is ready.’
      • ‘We can offer beautifully tailored jackets, trouser suits, skirts and dresses at very competitive prices.’
      • ‘They would then decide whether the prices were competitive enough to make it a sustainable business.’
      • ‘A low exchange rate, competitive prices, and a whole lot of migration do not make them magicians.’
      • ‘It is not enough that they are competitive on price and specification.’
      reasonable, moderate, economical, keen
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Early 19th century: from Latin competit- striven for, from the verb competere (see compete), + -ive.