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1rival

noun ri·val \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
RIVALLED Defined for Kids

1rival

noun ri·val \ˈrī-vəl\

Definition of RIVAL for Kids

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

Word History of 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.

2rival

adjective

Definition of RIVAL for Kids

:  being equally good <rival claims>

3rival

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

Definition of RIVAL for Kids

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

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