- 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 rivaled
That Scrubs failure could be rivaled by that lottery-winning season of Roseanne most of us prefer to pretend never happened.‘Community’ Review: ‘Repilot’ Is Both an Epic Failure and a Major Success
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Her fame in the 60s and 70s rivaled that of any celebrity in the world.Death of JFK Spawned an Industry That Thrived for Decades
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The whole incident was a PR nightmare for McCain, rivaled only by the shenanigans of his own running mate.10 Craziest Media Hoaxes
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October 17, 2009
Nothing could have been so totally different from Muriel's masquerade, yet it rivaled it in fun.Phyllis
No one of American birth has ever rivaled him in this field.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
Up from them lifted a fragrance that rivaled even that of orris root.The Rich Little Poor Boy
We visited other temples and tombs, but the Katub Minar rivaled them all in interest.Due West
Maturin Murray Ballou
At night they lay upon beds that rivaled the couches of kings.The Red Lure
Roy J. Snell
- 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 rivaled
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.