Meaning of “competitive” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • We have to invest in new technology if we are to remain competitive.
  • We live in a toughly competitive world.
  • The two sisters have always been competitive, but they're also very supportive of each other.
  • She's fiercely competitive and gets very upset if she loses at anything.
  • Any new company is seen as an invader in an already competitive market.
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.

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)