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"competitive" in British English

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competitiveadjective

uk   /kəmˈpet.ɪ.tɪv/ us   /kəmˈpet̬.ə.t̬ɪv/
B2 involving competition: competitive sports a highly competitive industry Acting is very competitive - you've got to really push yourself if you want to succeed.
B2 wanting very much to win or be more successful than other people: You're very competitive - it's meant to be a friendly match! I could never play team sports - I lack the competitive spirit (= a strong wish to beat others).
B2 Competitive prices, services, etc. are as good as or better than other prices, services, etc.

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competitively
adverb uk   /kəmˈpet.ɪ.tɪv.li/ us   /kəmˈpet̬.ə.t̬ɪv.li/
competitively priced goods
competitiveness
noun [U] uk   /kəmˈpet.ɪ.tɪv.nəs/ us   /kəmˈpet̬.ə.t̬ɪv.nəs/
(Definition of competitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"competitive" in American English

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competitiveadjective

us   /kəmˈpet̬·ə·t̬ɪv, -ə·tɪv/
eager to do better than others in an activity, esp. trying to win in a sports activity: a competitive person We will be facing weaker teams, which should give us a competitive advantage/edge.
Competitive also means able to compete at the same level: If we have to lower our prices to remain competitive, we will.
(Definition of competitive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"competitive" in Business English

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competitiveadjective

uk   /kəmˈpetɪtɪv/ us   COMMERCE, ECONOMICS
involving or encouraging competition: highly/extremely/fiercely competitive The severe downturn in the worldwide semiconductor market has increased competitive pressures in the Japanese market. The corporate watchdog law requires large companies to formalize competitive processes for selecting vendors.
competitive prices, services, etc. are as good as or better than other prices, services, etc.: The technology exists to convert grain and sugar to ethanol at a competitive price. We know we have competitive products to sell, if only consumers had access to them. The hotel works hard to offer competitive salaries and benefits to our employees. We can't put up our prices and still remain competitive with similar brands.
competitively
adverb /kəmˈpetɪtɪvli/ /-ˈpeṱəţɪv-/
In order to encourage customers to switch providers, broadband services must be competitively priced.
(Definition of competitive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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