- a person who is competing for the same object or goal as another, or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.
- a person or thing that is in a position to dispute another's preeminence or superiority: a stadium without a rival.
- Obsolete. a companion in duty.
- competing or standing in rivalry: rival suitors; rival businesses.
- to engage in rivalry; compete.
Origin of rival
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for outrival
There was no verdure, no flowers, no birds hidden beneath the frondage, and twittering as if to outrival each other.The Tiger-Slayer
In short, it is charming, and though things are much better at Rochecotte, there are some here which outrival ours.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.2/3, 1836-1840
Duchesse De Dino
Jamblichus, practices secret arts, to outrival Christian magi, 40.The Magic of the Middle Ages
Lorenzo, in competition with his uncle, determined that the Laurel branch should outrival the Diamond.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
This surpassingly grand bit of scenery is considered by some people to outrival that pride of all Americans, Niagara Falls.South and South Central Africa
H. Frances Davidson
- a person, organization, team, etc, that competes with another for the same object or in the same field
- (as modifier)rival suitors; a rival company
- a person or thing that is considered the equal of another or othersshe is without rival in the field of economics
- to be the equal or near equal ofan empire that rivalled Rome
- to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry
Word Origin and History for outrival
1570s, from Latin rivalis "a rival, adversary in love; neighbor," originally, "of the same brook," from rivus "brook" (see rivulet). "One who is in pursuit of the same object as another." The sense evolution seems to be based on the competitiveness of neighbors: "one who uses the same stream," or "one on the opposite side of the stream" A secondary sense in Latin and sometimes in English was "associate, companion in duty," from the notion of "one having a common right or privilege with another." As an adjective 1580s from the noun.
c.1600, from rival (n.). Related: Rivaled; rivaling.