1) ADJ-GRADED Competitive is used to describe situations or activities in which people or firms compete with each other.

Only by keeping down costs will America maintain its competitive advantage over other countries...

Japan is a highly competitive market system...

Universities are very competitive for the best students.

Derived words:
competitively ADV ADV after v

He's now back up on the slopes again, skiing competitively in events for the disabled.

2) ADJ-GRADED A competitive person is eager to be more successful than other people.

He has always been ambitious and fiercely competitive...

I'm a very competitive person and I was determined not be beaten.

Derived words:
competitively ADV-GRADED ADV after v

They worked hard together, competitively and under pressure.

competitiveness N-UNCOUNT

I can't stand the pace, I suppose, and the competitiveness, and the unfriendliness.

3) ADJ-GRADED Goods or services that are at a competitive price or rate are likely to be bought, because they are less expensive than other goods of the same kind.

Only those homes offered for sale at competitive prices will secure interest from serious purchasers.

...a travel company specialising in amazingly competitive rates for flights.

Derived words:
competitively ADV-GRADED ADV -ed, ADV after v

...a number of early Martin and Gibson guitars, which were competitively priced.

competitiveness N-UNCOUNT

It is only on the world market that we can prove the competitiveness and quality of our goods.

English dictionary. 2008.

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