Definition of competitive in English:


Line breaks: com|peti¦tive
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpɛtɪtɪv


  • 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, merciless, aggressive, fierce
    informal dog-eat-dog, cut-throat
  • 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, driven, vying, combative, contentious, aggressive; insistent, driving, pushing, zealous, keen
    informal pushy, go-ahead





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  • It was an almighty struggle, but he was getting close to competitiveness.
  • He fights tooth and nail to avoid losing, revealing a competitiveness that did not seem to be there before.
  • Now you seem to be saying that that ‘answerability’ is a kind of competitiveness, too.


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

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