Examples of rivalry in a Sentence
There is a bitter rivalry between the two groups.
a strong sense of rivalry
Recent Examples of rivalry from the Web
But since the Blue Jays moved to the Big Ten Conference in 2015, the annual rivalry game has shifted to February.
At least until the two coaches face off in their first Kentucky-Louisville rivalry game in December though, relations appear cordial.
The current rivalry between America and China provides another opportunity, to play them off against each other.
Newspapers and promoters played up rivalries between the racers, such as Farnsworth and Lizzie Glaw, but Anderson’s mix of professionalism and fitness helped her to dominate.
George Mantas, softball coach for the host team, the Connies, compares the rivalry between softball squads to the Crosstown Classic between the White Sox and the Cubs.
While the egg whites were used to starch clothing, yolks were left to the nuns in their convents, and playful rivalries between sisters in the kitchen have shaped the innovative repertoires of Portuguese pastry chefs today.
The surging Rockets host a talented Tigers team in a Bay State Conference rivalry game.
Cole would be cleared to start for the rivalry game, which the Wolverines won 32-23.
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On rivals, rivaling, and rivalry
The word rival most commonly refers to a person or group that tries to defeat or be more successful than another person or group, which means that rivals tend to come in pairs. Candidates running for the same political office are political rivals, and two people trying to earn the exclusive affection of a third are romantic rivals. Teams, schools, or companies might be longtime rivals if they try over many years to outdo each other.
Rival can also mean “equal” or “peer.” When the word is used in this way it's usually conveying how good or impressive something or someone is. For example, "a country musician the rival of any in the world" is as good as the best country musicians in the world. Often a negating word is added to assert superiority, as in "a country musician without rival."
As a verb, rival typically has a meaning that relates to this latter sense of the noun. The verb is most often used to say that someone or something possesses qualities or aptitudes that approach or equal those of another. For example, for one country musician to be rivaling another, the first country musician must be as good as or nearly as good as the other musician. (Note that in U.S. English, the verb's forms are usually spelled rivaled and rivaling; in British English rivalled and rivalling are preferred.)
The noun rivalry has to do with the state or situation in which rivals (usually in the “competitor” sense) exist, or in which rivaling happens. In politics we have political rivalries, and in matters of the heart there are romantic rivalries. Sibling rivalry exists when there is competition or jealousy between sisters or brothers.
ball game, battle, combat, competition, conflict, confrontation, contention, contest, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfare;
RIVALRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rivalry for English Language Learners
: a state or situation in which people or groups are competing with each other
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