com|pet|i|tive [ kəm`petətıv ] adjective **
1. ) a competitive activity is one in which companies or teams are competing against each other:
a competitive edge/advantage: The weakness of the pound should give manufacturers a competitive edge.
highly/fiercely competitive: Many firms are struggling to survive in a highly competitive marketplace.
He quit playing competitive football at the age of 24.
2. ) always trying to be more successful than other people:
highly/fiercely competitive: She has a reputation for being a fiercely competitive player.
3. ) competitive prices are lower than many others:
We offer a wide range of goods at very competitive prices.
a ) offering goods or services at lower prices than other companies:
Many airlines now offer substantial discounts in an effort to remain competitive.
╾ com|pet|i|tive|ly adverb
╾ com|pet|i|tive|ness noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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