rival


1ri·val

noun \ˈrī-vəl\

: a person or thing that tries to defeat or be more successful than another

: something or someone that is as good or almost as good as another person or thing

Full Definition of RIVAL

1
a :  one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess
b :  one striving for competitive advantage
2
obsolete :  companion, associate
3
:  equal, peer

Examples of RIVAL

  1. The teams have been longtime rivals.
  2. The men are romantic rivals for her affection.

Origin of RIVAL

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin rivalis one using the same stream as another, rival in love, from rivalis of a stream, from rivus stream — more at run
First Known Use: 1577

2rival

adjective

Definition of RIVAL

:  having the same pretensions or claims :  competing

First Known Use of RIVAL

1590

3rival

verb

: to be as good or almost as good as (someone or something)

ri·valed or ri·valledri·val·ing or ri·val·ling \ˈrīv-(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RIVAL

intransitive verb
:  to act as a rival :  compete
transitive verb
1
:  to be in competition with
2
:  to strive to equal or excel :  emulate
3
:  to possess qualities or aptitudes that approach or equal (those of another)

Examples of RIVAL

  1. The company manufactures paper that rivals the world's best.
  2. The new museum will rival the largest in the world.

First Known Use of RIVAL

1605

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