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 compete with in rivalry; strive to win from, equal, or outdo.
to prove to be a worthy rival of: He soon rivaled the others in skill.
to equal (something) as if in carrying on a rivalry: The Hudson rivals any European river in beauty.
to engage in rivalry; compete.
- ri·val·less, adjective
- non·ri·val, noun, adjective
- outrival, verb (used with object), out·ri·valed, out·ri·val·ing or (especially British) out·ri·valled, out·ri·val·ling.
- un·ri·val·ing, adjective
- un·ri·val·ling, adjective
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How to use rival in a sentence
In some cases, companies have alerted Cfius to a rival’s connections with foreign investors, said startup executives and lawyers.
Heading into Friday night, no division leader enjoys more than a one-point cushion over its nearest rival and the fifth-place team in each division is no more than one point out of a potential playoff spot.‘Loser points’ could produce some unlikely winners in 2021 NHL season | Neil Greenberg | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
It called on scientists and researchers from around the world, including collaborations between rival countries in the middle of the Cold War.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. | Kelsey Piper | February 5, 2021 | Vox
Residents under 40 continued to drive the bulk of the infections, and those above 70 still accounted for the vast majority of deaths — an average of 58 a day in December, which rivaled May as the deadliest month.900,000 infected. Nearly 15,000 dead. How the coronavirus tore through D.C., Maryland and Virginia. | Rebecca Tan, Antonio Olivo, John D. Harden | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Still, it’s striking that South Dakota, a relatively rural state, has death and illness rates that rival the numbers of much more densely populated states.South Dakota’s covid-19 numbers have been terrible, but the governor says that’s the wrong metric | Glenn Kessler | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.
Launched just 13 years ago, it quickly became a serious rival to MAS and a rising juggernaut in Asia.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Peter Schwartzstein | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.
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 | Michael Daly | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He could not tell what I meant by secrets of state, where an enemy or some rival nation were not in the case.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
He and his friends obtained the lease, for thirty-one years, of a rival line, which turned out a great financial success.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Bonaparte already foresaw the day when France should lie at his feet; he instinctively divined in Bernadotte a possible rival.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But later the Marshal had bitter cause to repent these triumphs won over his rival.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Even Tim, so fine and big, had in this homely, lanky man a rival well worth watching.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for rival
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 others: she is without rival in the field of economics
to be the equal or near equal of: an empire that rivalled Rome
to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry
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