Definition of competitive in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈpedədiv/


1Relating to or characterized by competition: a competitive sport the intensely competitive newspaper industry
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  • That gives us, as New Zealanders, a clear, competitive advantage in most industries.
  • Keeping on top of global developments in a particular field can afford serious competitive advantage.
  • It is a much cheaper way of gaining competitive advantage and it is a continuing process.
ruthless, aggressive, fierce;
informal dog-eat-dog, cutthroat
1.1Having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others: she had a competitive streak
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  • Bayern Munich may have been knocked out of Europe, but their competitive spirit is as strong as ever.
  • Even their displays of competitive compassion only emphasise how illusory the choice is.
  • This was an excellent game of football, displayed by two very competitive sides.
ambitious, zealous, keen, pushy, combative, aggressive
2As good as or better than others of a comparable nature: a car industry competitive with any in the world
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  • Many US firms could now find it is easier to export because their goods and services are considerably more competitive.
  • 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.
2.1(Of prices) low enough to compare well with those of rival merchants: we offer prompt service at competitive rates
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  • They would then decide whether the prices were competitive enough to make it a sustainable business.
  • Three competitive proposals are usually enough to establish a competitive price for money.
  • A low exchange rate, competitive prices, and a whole lot of migration do not make them magicians.
reasonable, moderate;
low, inexpensive, cheap, budget, bargain, reduced, discount;
rock-bottom, bargain-basement, downmarket


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

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Syllabification: com·pet·i·tive

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