Definition of rival in English:


Syllabification: ri·val
Pronunciation: /ˈrīvəl


verb (rivals, rivaling, rivaled ; British rivals, rivalling, rivalled)

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  • Compete for superiority with; be or seem to be equal or comparable to: the efficiency of the Bavarians rivals that of the Viennese
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    • His black shoes had been polished so that they rivaled my golden gown when shine was compared.
    • At one time Ani had a population of over 100,000, rivalling Baghdad and Constantinople.
    • Their many restaurants are sophisticated and serve dishes rivalling the best to be found in Europe.
    match, compare with, compete with, vie with, equal, measure up to, be in the same league as, be on a par with, touch, challenge
    informal hold a candle to


late 16th century: from Latin rivalis, originally in the sense 'person using the same stream as another', from rivus 'stream'.

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