Definitions for rivalˈraɪ vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ri•valˈraɪ vəl(n.; adj.; v.)-valed, -val•ing; -valled, -val•ling.

  1. (n.)a person who seeks to achieve the same object or goal as another or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.

  2. a person or thing that can dispute another's preeminence or superiority; equal; peer.

  3. Obs. a companion in duty.

  4. (adj.)competing or standing in rivalry:

    rival businesses.

  5. (v.t.)to prove to be a worthy rival of:

    rivaled the others in skill.

  6. to equal (something) as if engaged in a rivalry; match; emulate.

  7. to compete with in rivalry.

  8. (v.i.)to engage in rivalry; compete.

Origin of rival:

1570–80; < L rīvālis orig., one who uses a stream in common with another =rīv(us) stream +-ālis -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rival, challenger, competitor, competition, contender(verb)

    the contestant you hope to defeat

    "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"

  2. equal, touch, rival, match(verb)

    be equal to in quality or ability

    "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"

  3. rival(verb)

    be the rival of, be in competition with

    "we are rivaling for first place in the race"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rival(noun)ˈraɪ vəl

    sb who you compete against

    the company's/team's main rival; rival teams/companies

  2. rival(verb)ˈraɪ vəl

    to be equal to

    The new restaurant rivals many of its more famous competitors.


  1. rival(Noun)

    A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) who is well known to another and has similar skills and achievements. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.

    Chris is my biggest rival in the 400m.

  2. rival(Noun)

    Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.

    As a social historian, he has no rival.

  3. rival(Verb)

    To oppose or compete with.

  4. rival(Verb)

    To equal to or surpass another.

  5. Origin: From rivalis, literally ‘person using the same stream as another’, from rivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rival(noun)

    a person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner

  2. Rival(noun)

    one who is in pursuit of the same object as another; one striving to reach or obtain something which another is attempting to obtain, and which one only can posses; a competitor; as, rivals in love; rivals for a crown

  3. Rival(adj)

    having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions

  4. Rival(verb)

    to stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to; as, to rival one in love

  5. Rival(verb)

    to strive to equal or exel; to emulate

  6. Rival(verb)

    to be in rivalry

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rival' in Nouns Frequency: #1593

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rival' in Adjectives Frequency: #825

Anagrams of rival

  1. Avril, viral

  2. Avril

  3. Viral

Translations for rival

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person etc who tries to compete with another; a person who wants the same thing as someone else

For students of English, this dictionary is without a rival; The two brothers are rivals for the girl next door; – they both want to marry her; (also adjective) rival companies; rival teams.

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