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rival

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noun ri·val \ˈrī-vəl\

Simple Definition of rival

  • : 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. 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. 2 obsolete :  companion, associate

  3. 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


2

rival

adjective ri·val

Definition of rival

  1. :  having the same pretensions or claims :  competing



1590

First Known Use of rival

1590


3

rival

verb ri·val

Simple Definition of rival

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

Full Definition of rival

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act as a rival :  compete

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to be in competition with

  5. 2 :  to strive to equal or excel :  emulate

  6. 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.



1605

First Known Use of rival

1605



RIVAL Defined for Kids

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rival

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noun ri·val \ˈrī-vəl\

Definition of rival

  1. :  someone or something that tries to defeat or be more successful than another



History for rival

Rival is borrowed from Latin rivalis. As an adjective made from the noun rivus, “stream,” rivalis meant “of a brook or stream.” As a noun, rivalis was used to refer to those who use the same stream for water. Just as neighbors might dispute each other's rights to a common source of water, disagreement often arises when two people want something that only one can possess. Thus Latin rivalis also developed a sense relating to competition in other areas, and this sense came into English.


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rival

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adjective ri·val

Definition of rival

  1. :  being equally good <rival claims>




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rival

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verb ri·val

Definition of rival

ri·valed or ri·valledri·val·ing or ri·val·ling

  1. :  to be as good as or almost as good as <Her skills rival those of the champion.>





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