- 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
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Examples from the Web for rival
“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Assad-affiliated Christian militias skirt around the territory of rival groups aligned with the YPG.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
They unleashed a hail of bullets to rival the final scene in ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
Likewise, it was the attempt to balance the power of rival European states that led to the conflict.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It
December 1, 2014
His rival could no longer enjoy the boat which he had envied him.Brave and Bold
Until this visit of Austin he had no idea that he would find a rival in his brother.Viviette
William J. Locke
It is considered to be, without a rival, the most beautiful tomb in this country.Yorkshire Painted And Described
She knew what it must have cost the man to clear his rival's name.
This degrading humiliation of his rival must certainly be turned to account.
- 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 rival
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.