- 1A person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity: he has no serious rival for the job [as modifier]: gun battles between rival gangsMore example sentences
- But now I really do need their help in one very big gang battle between our rival and two other gangs.
- Meanwhile, rivals are storming the field, assuring that competition remains cutthroat.
- In my view, ATM operators are highly vulnerable to competition from rivals.
- 1.1 [with negative] A person or thing that equals another in quality: she has no rivals as a female rock singer
verb (rivals, rivaling, rivaled ; British rivals, rivalling, rivalled)[with object] Back to top
- Compete for superiority with; be or seem to be equal or comparable to: the efficiency of the Bavarians rivals that of the VienneseMore example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin rivalis, originally in the sense 'person using the same stream as another', from rivus 'stream'.