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Dictionary Definition

rival n : the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing" [syn: challenger, competitor, competition, contender]


1 be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents" [syn: equal, touch, match]
2 be the rival of, be in competition with; "we are rivaling for first place in the race" [also: rivalling, rivalled]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin rivalis, literally ‘person using the same stream as another’, from rivus ‘stream’.


  • /ˈraɪvəl/


  1. Someone or something who is competing against another for the same objective; a competitor.
    My biggest rival in the 400m is probably Nicola.
  2. Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.
    As a social historian, he has no rival.


competitor against the same objective
  • Czech: soupeř, sok
  • German: Gegner , Rivale, Konkurrent


  1. To oppose or compete with.

Extensive Definition

A rival is a competing person, company, or team.
Rival or rivals may also refer to

Literature, music, and media

Other uses

rival in Japanese: ライバル (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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