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1 one that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value
  • a design that is a rival to any produced by a professional graphic artist

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2 one that takes a position opposite another in a competition or conflict
  • the boxer's toughest rival thus far

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3 one who strives for the same thing as another
  • the four cities that are the top rivals for the site of the next Olympic Games

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  • noncompetitor



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Synonyms of rival (Entry 3 of 3)

to engage in a contest
  • two longtime friends who have rivaled for the same things at every stage of their lives

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The first known use of rival was in 1577

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“Rival.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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