Rival meaning

rī'vəl
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.

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Acting as a rival; competing.
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To be equal to or to surpass another.
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One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect.

She is his rival in sarcasm.

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A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
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To attempt to equal or surpass.
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To be the equal of; match.
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To be a competitor or rival; compete.
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A person who tries to get or do the same thing as another, or to equal or surpass another; competitor.
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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.

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An associate or companion in some duty.
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To try to equal or surpass; compete with.
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To equal in some way; be a match for.
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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.

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

As a social historian, he has no rival.

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Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority.

Rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.

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To oppose or compete with.

To rival somebody in love.

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To strive to equal or excel; to emulate.
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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.

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One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor.
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To be a rival; compete (with)
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Origin of rival

  • Latin rīvālis one using the same stream as another, a rival from rīvus stream rei- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin rÄ«vālis, literally "˜person using the same stream as another', from rÄ«vus (“small stream, brook").
    From Wiktionary