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"competitive" in British English

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competitiveadjective

uk   /kəmˈpet.ɪ.tɪv/  us   /kəmˈpet̬.ə.t̬ɪv/
B2 involvingcompetition: 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 ​friendlymatch! I could never ​playteamsports - I ​lack the competitive spirit (= a ​strongwish to ​beatothers).
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 pricedgoods
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 ​sportsactivity: a competitive ​person We will be ​facingweakerteams, which should give us a competitive ​advantage/​edge.
Competitive also ​meansable to ​compete at the same ​level: If we have to ​lowerourprices 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   us   /kəmˈpetɪtɪv/ COMMERCE, ECONOMICS
involving or encouraging ​competition: highly/extremely/fiercely competitive The severe ​downturn in the ​worldwidesemiconductormarket has ​increased competitive ​pressures in the Japanese ​market. The ​corporatewatchdoglawrequires large ​companies to ​formalize competitive ​processes for ​selectingvendors.
competitive ​prices, ​services, etc. are as good as or better than other ​prices, ​services, etc.: The ​technology exists to ​convertgrain and sugar to ethanol at a competitive ​price. We know we have competitive ​products to ​sell, if only ​consumers had ​access to them. The ​hotelworks 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/  us /-ˈpeṱəţɪv-/
In ​order to encourage ​customers to ​switchproviders, ​broadbandservices must be competitively ​priced.
(Definition of competitive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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