- 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.
rival definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- Obsolete an associate or companion in some duty
Origin: French ; 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
- to try to equal or surpass; compete with
- to equal in some way; be a match for
rival definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Obsolete A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
- 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 or ordinary life could possibly rival” (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
Origin: Latin rīvālis, one using the same stream as another, a rival, from rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.