American English

Definition of competitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used to describe a situation in which people or organizations compete against each other competitive games/sports Graduates have to fight for jobs in a highly competitive market.
  2. 2competitive (with somebody/something) as good as or better than others a store selling clothes at competitive prices (= as low as any other store) We need to work harder to remain competitive with other companies. to gain a competitive advantage over rival companies Thesauruscheapcompetitive budget affordable reasonable inexpensiveThese words all describe a product or service that costs little money or less money than you costing little money or less money than you expected; charging low prices. Cheap can also be used in a disapproving way to suggest that something is poor quality as well as low in price:a bottle of cheap perfume.competitive (of prices, goods, or services) as cheap as, or cheaper than, those offered by other companies; able to offer goods or services at competitive prices.budget [only before noun] (used especially in advertising) cheap because it offers only a basic level of service:a budget hotelaffordable cheap enough for most people to affordreasonable (of prices) not too expensiveinexpensive (somewhat formal) cheap Inexpensive is often used to mean that something is good value for its price. It is sometimes used instead of cheap, because cheap can suggest that something is poor quality.Patterns cheap/competitive/budget/affordable/reasonable prices/fares/rates cheap/competitive/budget/affordable/inexpensive products/services
  3. 3(of a person) trying very hard to be better than others You have to be highly competitive to do well in sports these days. opposite uncompetitive
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adverb competitively priced goods
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noun the competitiveness of U.S. industry
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