Definition of competitive in US English:

competitive

adjective

  • 1Relating to or characterized by competition.

    ‘a competitive sport’
    ‘the intensely competitive newspaper industry’
    • ‘Nevertheless most of us achieve our competitive successes as part of a team.’
    • ‘I want school sports coordinators to spend the next 12 months bringing competitive sports back to schools.’
    • ‘Sports and other competitive activities were enjoyed before bands played music for dancing at regular intervals.’
    • ‘For all his success, his competitive history is filled with moments of fragility.’
    • ‘Often, when you watch competitive sport, you see young competitors winning.’
    • ‘Achieving competitive success means working with people, not replacing them.’
    • ‘A touch of arrogant confidence is part of the mix for competitive success.’
    • ‘It is a much cheaper way of gaining competitive advantage and it is a continuing process.’
    • ‘Take full advantage of the choices made available to you by this competitive industry.’
    • ‘For Australia, a country with the most competitive coal industry in the world, this is economic lunacy.’
    • ‘Keeping on top of global developments in a particular field can afford serious competitive advantage.’
    • ‘World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst has urged youngsters to get off the couch and start taking part in competitive sport.’
    • ‘Selected teams from all six local authority areas in Cumbria come together on one day for a competitive festival of sport.’
    • ‘After all, who else would close their album with a small, quietly defiant song about the horrors of competitive sports?’
    • ‘But the demands of success on the competitive circuit led to the drafting in of professional players.’
    • ‘We have made so many excellent performances in the area of competitive sports.’
    • ‘That gives us, as New Zealanders, a clear, competitive advantage in most industries.’
    • ‘Successful competitive fencing cannot be taught entirely through class instruction.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, the papers work in a competitive industry, where sales and profits play a vital role.’
    • ‘How do countries and their firms and industries develop and maintain their distinct competitive advantages?’
    ruthless, merciless, aggressive, fierce
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    1. 1.1 Having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others.
      ‘she had a competitive streak’
      • ‘It's very competitive and assertive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also predicted the potential of competitive spirit in Asian countries.’
      • ‘Even their displays of competitive compassion only emphasise how illusory the choice is.’
      • ‘I've always been very determined, very competitive, wanting to be the best at things that I'm into.’
      • ‘Murray's competitive spirit and determination to succeed has not gone unnoticed among his peers.’
      • ‘The sport is full of gifted, incredibly competitive and strongly motivated people.’
      • ‘Given this age dominated by a competitive mindset, this might be the most natural thing to happen.’
      • ‘This was an excellent game of football, displayed by two very competitive sides.’
      • ‘He was strong and competitive, but had a soft side that he rarely showed to anyone but family.’
      • ‘It seems the formidable competitive streak which made him the world's greatest all-round athlete remains.’
      • ‘Bayern Munich may have been knocked out of Europe, but their competitive spirit is as strong as ever.’
      • ‘Because of this, overtraining is typically accompanied by a loss in competitive desire and a loss in enthusiasm for training.’
      • ‘They have got a new continental manager who has been a massive success in the notoriously competitive Spanish league.’
      • ‘Professional challenges continue to thrive and you need to be competitive and confident.’
      • ‘A large quantity of fuel is wasted as a result of competitive driving leading to accidents.’
      • ‘Not to mention that the years spent fighting each other had given them a bit of a competitive streak.’
      • ‘The competitive spirit flows strongly, too, in the rapidly reviving brass band.’
      • ‘There also burns, below a serene surface, a fierce competitive streak.’
      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.’
    • ‘Air access and egress is considered a fundamental for any region which hopes to be competitive in the future.’
    • ‘Those projects as well as excellence in education will make the country competitive.’
    • ‘Many US firms could now find it is easier to export because their goods and services are considerably more competitive.’
    1. 2.1 (of prices) low enough to compare well with those of rival merchants.
      ‘we offer prompt service at competitive rates’
      • ‘The success is attributed to an innovative use of technology combined with quality products at competitive prices.’
      • ‘She is one of many people looking forward to a larger variety of quality goods with more competitive prices.’
      • ‘Trees are available in several shapes and are offered at competitive prices.’
      • ‘MSN will be offered at a competitive price when the society is ready.’
      • ‘Longer stays and midweek visits are also usually available at competitive prices.’
      • ‘Being able to supply after-market transponder keys at competitive prices is only half the battle.’
      • ‘All artworks are on sale at very keen, competitive prices, so come along and enjoy the wonderful display.’
      • ‘They would then decide whether the prices were competitive enough to make it a sustainable business.’
      • ‘Her brief is to produce a commercial range of designs at competitive prices that can be delivered in as little as 15 days.’
      • ‘It is not enough that they are competitive on price and specification.’
      • ‘Drinks are on sale at competitive prices and members enjoy darts, pool and Crown Green Bowling.’
      • ‘So far had firings gone by 1900 that buttons made in Germany were on sale at competitive prices in Birmingham itself!’
      • ‘In the current market, however, a competitive price will be of paramount importance.’
      • ‘We can offer beautifully tailored jackets, trouser suits, skirts and dresses at very competitive prices.’
      • ‘The new Sirion prices are very competitive and represent good value for money in the supermini sector.’
      • ‘A low exchange rate, competitive prices, and a whole lot of migration do not make them magicians.’
      • ‘Easy availability and the competitive price of pan masala in the market are other factors for its popularity.’
      • ‘Prices are not competitive, in the economist's sense, as soon as they rise above marginal cost.’
      • ‘For nearly 20 years it has been putting the New World to shame in terms of its competitive price and reliability.’
      • ‘Three competitive proposals are usually enough to establish a competitive price for money.’
      reasonable, moderate, economical, keen
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Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin competit- ‘striven for’, from the verb competere (see compete), + -ive.

Pronunciation

competitive

/kəmˈpedədiv//kəmˈpɛdədɪv/