Bethany's fiercest rival in the watermelon eating contest is her cousin Jackson.
- The definition of a rival is someone who competes with you in some way, or can equal or surpass another.
- A person who competes against you for the first place price is an example of your rival.
- When two hotels offer virtually the same features, each hotel is a rival of the other hotel.
- Rival means to compete.
When you compete with someone to win first prize, this is an example of a situation where you rival that person.
- a person who tries to get or do the same thing as another, or to equal or surpass another; competitor
- a person or thing that can equal or surpass another in some way; person or thing that can bear comparison: plastics and other rivals of many metals
- Obs. an associate or companion in some duty
Origin of rivalFrench from Classical Latin rivalis, origin, originally , one living near or using the same stream as another from rivus, brook from Indo-European an unverified form reie-, to flow from base an unverified form er-: see rise
transitive verb-·valed or -·valled, -·val·ing or -·val·ling
- Archaic to try to equal or surpass; compete with
- to equal in some way; be a match for
- One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor.
- One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect: She is his rival in sarcasm.
- Obsolete A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
verbri·valed, ri·val·ing, ri·vals, or ri·valled ri·val·ling
- To attempt to equal or surpass.
- To be the equal of; match: “They achieved more than they had ever dreamed, lending a magic to their family story that no tale of ordinary life could possibly rival” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin )
Origin of rivalLatin rīvālis one using the same stream as another, a rival from rīvus stream ; see rei- in Indo-European roots.
- A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) with the same goal as another, or striving to attain the same thing. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.
- Chris is my biggest rival in the 400-metre race.
- Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.
- As a social historian, he has no rival.
- Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority.
- rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions
(third-person singular simple present rivals, present participle rivalling or rivaling, simple past and past participle rivalled or rivaled)
From Latin rÄ«vÄlis, literally "˜person using the same stream as another', from rÄ«vus (“small stream, brook").