The definition of a rival is someone who competes with you in some way, or can equal or surpass another.(noun)
Rival means to compete.(verb)
When you compete with someone to win first prize, this is an example of a situation where you rival that person.
See rival in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < L rivalis, orig., one living near or using the same stream as another < rivus, brook < IE *reie-, to flow < base *er-: see rise
See rival in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin rīvālis, one using the same stream as another, a rival
Origin: , from rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.
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