- 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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Related Wordsemulate, equal, resemble, contend, contest, correspond, approximate, tie, amount, near, compete, partake, touch, meet, approach, match
Examples from the Web for rivalled
And he laughed with a cackle a demon could not have rivalled.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
For all the grandeur of their names they rivalled one another in incompetency and timidity.Bulgaria
Their passionate devotion to their faith is only rivalled by their passionate devotion to the Motherland.My New Curate
Fox and Burke and Pitt rivalled each other in condemning the system.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
The success of this play was rivalled by Gogol's comedy, "The Revisor."A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
- 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 rivalled
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.