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".


  1. rival

    A rival is a person, group, or entity competing against another for the same objective or superiority in the same field or activity. It can also refer to someone or something that is seen as a threat or challenge.

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. Andreas Mundt:

    Our investigation focused on the question whether the merger could lead to a shutting-out of other carmakers from digital maps and whether HERE rival TomTom would possibly be denied future access to carmakers and their suppliers, we were able to rule out such effects.

  2. Bruce Buchanan:

    He sees Bush as his main rival, even if the polls may not reflect that right now.

  3. New Horizons:

    Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system, if an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.

  4. Dan Bosch:

    I expected the Biden administration to rival the Obama administration in terms of regulatory costs, but so far they have exceeded those expectations, the current administration’s commitment to addressing climate change through regulations — rather than new legislation from Congress — means that we should expect to see these costs continue to climb.

  5. Publisher Adrian Binks:

    A lot will want to remain invested in the business. You won't find a better place to put your money at the moment, we are clearly focused on trying to take market share from our main rival (Platts) and we’re going to under the new ownership structure be a lot more aggressive and forceful in doing that.

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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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