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 compete with in rivalry; strive to win from, equal, or outdo.
to prove to be a worthy rival of: He soon rivaled the others in skill.
to equal (something) as if in carrying on a rivalry: The Hudson rivals any European river in beauty.
to engage in rivalry; compete.
- ri·val·less, adjective
- non·ri·val, noun, adjective
- outrival, verb (used with object), out·ri·valed, out·ri·val·ing or (especially British) out·ri·valled, out·ri·val·ling.
- un·ri·val·ing, adjective
- un·ri·val·ling, adjective
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How to use rival in a sentence
Weeks retained an unparalleled legal team, which included bitter political rivals Hamilton and Burr.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion | Nina Strochlic | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Kentucky Republican also mentioned several potential GOP rivals in 2016.
He said the news of his appointment was not true, that it was disinformation spread by “some intelligence agency and my rivals.”
ISIS and the Nusra Front were once aligned under the al Qaeda banner but have been bitter rivals over the past year.
Jeep steadily gave up a market it had created to rivals, particularly Toyota and Range Rover.
As a brilliant conversationalist and well-versed political economist he has few rivals in his country.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
She expatiated on his father's character; on the envy of his rivals; and dated his fall to their ambition alone.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
British pasture farming was to be annihilated, and an immense stimulus given to that of our continental rivals.
The young marquis himself had been Josepha's lover; Baron Hulot and he had been rivals for her on another occasion.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Stronger and more impatient rivals have stepped before me, and I can wait with chearful resignation till another opportunity.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for rival
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 others: she is without rival in the field of economics
to be the equal or near equal of: an empire that rivalled Rome
to try to equal or surpass; compete with in rivalry
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