Definition of rival in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪv(ə)l


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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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

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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.
compete with, vie with, match, be a match for, equal, emulate, measure up to, come up to, compare with, bear comparison with, be comparable to/with, parallel, be in the same league as, be in the same category as, be on a par with, be on a level with, touch, keep pace with, keep up with;
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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