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Definition of "rival" []

  • One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor. (noun)
  • One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect. (noun)
  • Obsolete A companion or an associate in a particular duty. (noun)
  • To attempt to equal or surpass. (verb-transitive)
  • To be the equal of; match: "They achieved more than they had ever dreamed, lending a magic to their family story that no tale or ordinary life could possibly rival” ( Doris Kearns Goodwin). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rival" in a sentence
  • "Water wars have been with us for all of human history -- the word "rival" comes from a Latin word meaning "one who uses the same stream as another.""
  • "The French Citroën driver Loeb, who has an eight-point advantage over the Finnish Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen going into this final race of the season, leads his title rival by only 0.7 seconds."
  • "Hosting the event will be Björn Türoque, one of the stars of the documentary, C-Diddy's main rival from the States, and he's here in Edinburgh."