What does rival mean?

Definitions for rival
ˈraɪ vəlri·val

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rival.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rival, challenger, competitor, competition, contenderverb

    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, matchverb

    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. rivalverb

    be the rival of, be in competition with

    "we are rivaling for first place in the race"


  1. rivalnoun

    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. rivalnoun

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

    As a social historian, he has no rival.

  3. rivalverb

    To oppose or compete with.

  4. rivalverb

    To equal to or surpass another.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rivaladjective

    Standing in competition; making the same claim; emulous.

    Had I but the means
    To hold a rival place with one of them,
    I should be fortunate. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Equal in years, and rival in renown
    With Epaphus, the youthful Phaeton,
    Like honour claims. Dryden.

    You bark to be employ’d,
    While Venus is by rival dogs enjoy’d. Dryden.

  2. RIVALnoun

    Etymology: rivalis, Lat.

    Oh love! thou sternly dost thy pow’r maintain,
    And wilt not bear a rival in thy reign;
    Tyrants and thou all fellowship disdain. Dryden.

    She saw her father was grown her adverse party, and yet her fortune such as she must favour her rival. Philip Sidney.

    France and Burgundy,
    Great rivals in our younger daughter’s love. William Shakespeare.

    Your rival ’s image in your worth I view;
    And what I lov’d in him, esteem in you. George Granville.

  3. To Rivalverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Those, that have been raised by the interest of some great minister, trample upon the steps by which they rise, to rival him in his greatness, and at length step into his place. South.

    Ambitious fool! with horny hoofs to pass
    O’er hollow arches of resounding brass;
    To rival thunder in its rapid course,
    And imitate inimitable force. John Dryden, Æneis.

  4. To Rivalverb

    To be competitours. Out of use.

    We first address’d tow’rd you, who with this king
    Have rival’d for our daughter. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. rival

    A rivalry is the state of two people or groups engaging in a lasting competitive relationship. Rivalry is the "against each other" spirit between two competing sides. The relationship itself may also be called "a rivalry", and each participant or side a rival to the other. Someone's main rival may be called an archrival. A rivalry can be defined as "a perceptual categorizing process in which actors identify which states are sufficiently threatening competitors". In order for the rivalry to persist, rather than resulting in perpetual dominance by one side, it must be "a competitive relationship among equals". Political scientist John A. Vasquez has asserted that equality of power is a necessary component for a true rivalry to exist, but others have disputed that element.Rivalries traverse many different fields within society and "abound at all levels of human interaction", often existing between friends, firms, sports teams, schools, and universities. Moreover, "families, politicians, political parties, ethnic groups, regional sections of countries, and states all engage in enduring rivalries of varying length and intensity". Rivalries develop from the product of competition and ritualism between different parties. In some cases, rivalry can become "so consuming that actors worry only about whether their actions will harm or benefit their rivals".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rivalnoun

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

  2. Rivalnoun

    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. Rivaladjective

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

  4. Rivalverb

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

  5. Rivalverb

    to strive to equal or exel; to emulate

  6. Rivalverb

    to be in rivalry

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rival

    rī′val, n. one pursuing the same object as another: one who strives to equal or excel another: a competitor.—adj. having the same claims: standing in competition.—v.t. to stand in competition with: to try to gain the same object as another: to try to equal or excel:—pr.p. rī′valling; pa.t. and pa.p. rī′valled.n. Rī′valess, a female rival.—adj. Rī′val-hāt′ing, jealous.—v.i. Rī′valise, to enter into rivalry.—ns. Rival′ity (Shak.), rivalry, equality in rank or authority; Rī′valry, act of rivalling: competition: emulation; Rī′valship, emulation. [Fr.,—L. rivalisrivus, a brook.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RIVAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rival is ranked #92358 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rival surname appeared 199 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rival.

    55.2% or 110 total occurrences were White.
    18.5% or 37 total occurrences were Black.
    18% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.5% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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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 for rival »

  1. Avril

  2. viral

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rival in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rival in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rival in a Sentence

  1. Ko Tae-bong:

    During the economic downturn, Hyundai attracted dealers from struggling rival Ford Motor, which helped them strengthen, hyundai's contrarian management strategy is the major reason behind its global success so far.

  2. Camille Paglia:

    Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.

  3. Joe Biden:

    Joe Biden said. Joe Biden spoke only for about 10 minutes but took a jab at rival Sen. Senator Sanders, who has staked Joe Biden campaign on the ability to bring more Americans -- particularly young people -- out in droves to the polls. Senator Sanders likes to say hell need a record turnout to defeat Donald Trump. Hes right, but were the campaign thats going to do that record turnout.

  4. Hassan Rouhani:

    On the same day theSaudi minister spoke to Fox News, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly and criticized Tehransregional rival. The security of Saudi Arabia shall be guaranteed with the termination of aggression to Yemen rather than by inviting foreigners, we are ready to spend our national strength and regional credibility and international authority.

  5. Cindy De La Hoz:

    Sophia’s great rival in Italy wasGina Lollobrigida, so when he introduced himself, he called her Ms. Lolloren. He basically muddled their names as a joke. But she did n’t get it. So they had a bit of an awkward start. But they became friends and that led to a more romantic involvement. [ However ], she was [ already ] romantically involved with [ Italian film producer ] Carlo Ponti, but their situation was very, very complicated. Divorce was illegal in Italy at that time and Carlo Ponti was already married … She was very frustrated at the time. So she fell into this romance with Cary Grant.

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Translations for rival

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  • منافسArabic
  • съперница, противник, противница, съперникBulgarian
  • rivalCatalan, Valencian
  • sok, rival, soupeřCzech
  • Rivale, Konkurrent, GegnerGerman
  • αντίπαλος, ανταγωνιστής, ανταγωνίζομαι, παραβγαίνωGreek
  • rivaloEsperanto
  • rivalSpanish
  • رقیبPersian
  • kilpailija, kilpaillaFinnish
  • rivaliser, rivalFrench
  • vetélytárs, rivális, rivalizál, versengHungarian
  • musun, penentang, lawanIndonesian
  • rivale, competitore, competere, pari, rivaleggiare, avversario, antagonistaItalian
  • ライバル, 敵Japanese
  • რაყიფი, მეტოქეGeorgian
  • aemulumLatin
  • taumāhekehekeMāori
  • tegenstander, vijand, rivaal, concurentDutch
  • rival, competidor, adversárioPortuguese
  • rivalRomanian
  • конкурировать, конкурент, соперничать, противница, соперница, соперник, противник, конкурентка, равныйRussian
  • eş, denk, emsal, benzer, rakipTurkish
  • 对手Chinese

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