Definition of rival in English:

rival

Syllabification: ri·val
Pronunciation: /ˈrīvəl
 
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noun

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 gangs
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [with negative] A person or thing that equals another in quality: she has no rivals as a female rock singer
More example sentences
  • The men's series has no rival for styling, craftsmanship and sensuous touch.
  • In terms of nightlife, São Paulo has no rivals - not London, not New York, not Ibiza in August.
Synonyms

verb (rivals, rivaling, rivaled ; Britishrivals, 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

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