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.
(n.)a person who seeks to achieve the same object or goal as another or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.
a person or thing that can dispute another's preeminence or superiority; equal; peer.
Obs. a companion in duty.
(adj.)competing or standing in rivalry:
(v.t.)to prove to be a worthy rival of:
rivaled the others in skill.
to equal (something) as if engaged in a rivalry; match; emulate.
to compete with in rivalry.
(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
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"
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"
be the rival of, be in competition with
"we are rivaling for first place in the race"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sb who you compete against
the company's/team's main rival; rival teams/companies
to be equal to
The new restaurant rivals many of its more famous competitors.
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.
Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.
As a social historian, he has no rival.
To oppose or compete with.
To equal to or surpass another.
Origin: From rivalis, literally ‘person using the same stream as another’, from rivus.
a person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner
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
having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions
to stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to; as, to rival one in love
to strive to equal or exel; to emulate
to be in rivalry
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'rival' in Nouns Frequency: #1593
Rank popularity for the word 'rival' in Adjectives Frequency: #825
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.
- مُنافِس، مُتَنافِسArabic
- rivalPortuguese (BR)
- konkurence; sok, -yně, soupeřícíCzech
- der Rivalel, die Rivalin; rivalisierendGerman
- rival; rivaliserende; konkurrent; konkurrerendeDanish
- αντίζηλος, ανταγωνιστής, αντίπαλοςGreek
- takmac, suparnikCroatian
- 경쟁 상대Korean
- varžovas, konkurentas; konkuruojantis, rungtyniaujantisLithuanian
- konkurents; sāncensisLatvian
- rival, konkurrentNorwegian
- konkurencja, rywalPolish
- соперник, конкурентRussian
- rival; konkurent; konkurenčnýSlovak
- rival, rivaliserandeSwedish
- 競爭者，對手Chinese (Trad.)
- суперник; конкурентUkrainian
- đối thủVietnamese
- 竞争者，对手Chinese (Simp.)
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