- 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 rivaling
Video games are quickly becoming one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world - rivaling television and movies.Most Young Gamers Unfit For Call of Duty
October 8, 2013
"Thou shalt not overspend" is rapidly becoming a tenet of the evangelical belief system, rivaling social issues like gay marriage.Evangelicals Preach the Gospel of Getting Out of Debt
February 26, 2011
Cable networks, news parodies and bloggers are rivaling and even eclipsing broadcast news and newspapers.Piling on Palin, Hating on Hillary
November 30, 2008
Now some little child's sweet voice is heard, rivaling the birds.Ginger-Snaps
She was thinking of Clare, who had persisted in rivaling her with Mr. Chesleigh.Little Golden's Daughter
Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
A light gleamed from his eyes, rivaling the flash of his jeweled sword-hilt.The Gay Adventure
Only a new ferryboat, and yet in its fitness comparable with the prettiest product of Nature's cunning, and rivaling it.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]
Christopher Darlington Morley
At Kabah (see map) Mr. Stephens found a most interesting field of ruins, rivaling Uxmal in extent, if not surpassing it.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
- 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 rivaling
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.