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
Synonyms for rival
Antonyms for rival
Related Words for rivalledemulate, equal, resemble, contend, contest, correspond, approximate, tie, amount, near, compete, partake, touch, meet, approach, match
Examples from the Web for rivalled
Historical Examples of 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
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.