verb (used with object), ri·valed, ri·val·ing or (especially British) ri·valled, ri·val·ling.
verb (used without object), ri·valed, ri·val·ing or (especially British) ri·valled, ri·val·ling.
Origin of rival
Examples from the Web for rivalled
Bull-running and bull-baiting was an attraction only rivalled by bear-baiting.Old Country Inns of England|Henry P. Maskell
No English poet before him has ever excelled his utterances on music, none has so much as rivalled his utterances on art.An Introduction to the Study of Browning|Arthur Symons
If any thing could have rivalled the interest of a sudden death for Mrs. Lake, it must have been such a wedding as this.Jan of the Windmill|Juliana Horatia Ewing
Only in certain large cities was it rivalled by a few great firms.
No Genoese, except Francesco, rivalled him in this branch; for Gio.The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. V (of 6)|Luigi Antonio Lanzi
- 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
verb -vals, -valling or -valled or US -vals, -valing or -valed (tr)
Word Origin 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.