Definition of rival in English:
- 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.
verb (rivals, rivalling, rivalled; US rivals, rivaling, rivaled)[with object] Back to top
- 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'.
A rival was originally someone with whom you had to share your water supply. Recorded in English from the late 16th century, the word goes back to Latin rivalis, which originally meant ‘person living on the opposite bank and using the same stream as another’. It comes via Latin rivus ‘stream’ from ripus river. Derive (Late Middle English) was originally ‘draw a fluid through or into a channel’ and comes from de- ‘down, away’ and rivus.
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