Nearby words

  1. ritz,
  2. ritz combination principle,
  3. ritzy,
  4. riv.,
  5. rivage,
  6. rivalrous,
  7. rivalry,
  8. rivals, the,
  9. rive,
  10. rivel

Origin of rival

1570–80; < Latin rīvālis orig., one who uses a stream in common with another, equivalent to rīv(us) stream + -ālis -al1

SYNONYMS FOR rival
1. contestant, emulator, antagonist. See opponent. 4. competitive, opposed. 5. oppose. 7. match, emulate.

ANTONYMS FOR rival
1. ally.

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British Dictionary definitions for rivaling

rival

/ (ˈraɪvəl) /

noun

  1. a person, organization, team, etc, that competes with another for the same object or in the same field
  2. (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

verb -vals, -valling or -valled or US -vals, -valing or -valed (tr)

to be the equal or near equal ofan empire that rivalled Rome
to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry

Word Origin for rival

C16: from Latin rīvalis, literally: one who shares the same brook, from rīvus a brook

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Word Origin and History for rivaling
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