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
While the Celtics and 76ers will forever be linked because of their historic rivalry, one of the reasons they are more recently linked is because of the trade that gave the Sixers Fultz and allowed the Celtics to select Jayson Tatum with the No.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry with a three-game series in the Bronx on Tuesday night.
The Karate Kid stars are now karate grownups, but their childhood rivalries are still kicking.
Now, Israel and Iran face each other with Syria as the setting for their rivalry.
Apple and Microsoft have put aside their rivalry by introducing an iTunes app for certain PCs in the Microsoft Store.
Busch was a guest on Earnhardt’s Dale Jr. Download podcast this week to discuss their rivalry at length, including the 2008 Richmond Raceway incident which led to all of this.
Their rivalry percolated in a preseason game in October, when Embiid motioned to the Heat bench to remove Whiteside, claiming Whiteside couldn’t guard him.
Mitchell became a popular face in the video game world after his rivalry with fellow Kong competitor Steve Wiebe was explored in the 2007 documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters from director Seth Gordon.
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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
RIVALRY Defined for Kids
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