Definition of rival in English:



  • 1A person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity:

    ‘he has no serious rival for the job’
    [as modifier] ‘gun battles between rival gangs’
    • ‘Over the past four years, we have seen competition mainly from domestic rivals.’
    • ‘It was the first new painting medium in centuries and has become a serious rival to oil paint.’
    • ‘The two U.S rappers died after they were both gunned down in separate incidences by gang rivals.’
    • ‘In my view, ATM operators are highly vulnerable to competition from rivals.’
    • ‘It also proposed allowing governments to resume aid to help EU shipbuilders compete with Korean rivals.’
    • ‘Things turned real bad in the last year and they became rivals, competing for everything.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, rivals are storming the field, assuring that competition remains cutthroat.’
    • ‘I also study all the games played by my rivals in the forthcoming competition.’
    • ‘The company is facing stiff competition from rivals that have launched new products such as DVD players and televisions.’
    • ‘But now I really do need their help in one very big gang battle between our rival and two other gangs.’
    • ‘His gang and his former rivals have joined forces and formed an alliance.’
    • ‘Green Hills Farms developed a powerful customer-loyalty program to help it compete against giant rivals.’
    • ‘He assassinated a rival gang leader and spent 10 years in prison for it.’
    • ‘But when a rival dad challenges his title, it leads to a roadside competition of epic proportions.’
    • ‘Bryan is usually out to beat Vincent, basically because they're rivals and always competing with each other.’
    • ‘Thus the effort to win leads to ever-shifting patterns of cooperation and competition among rivals.’
    • ‘They focus on the process through which firms develop comparative advantages over time so that they can compete effectively with their rivals.’
    • ‘Investors long hoped the company might do the heavy restructuring needed to revive profits and compete with new rivals.’
    • ‘He told her that he also saw Bartholomew Tailor, a rival in his field, and how they were pleasant to one another.’
    • ‘The company beat off competition from several rivals to win the deal, and in doing so has scored an important endorsement for its expansion into server management.’
    competitor, opponent, contestant, contender, challenger
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    1. 1.1[with negative] A person or thing that equals another in quality:
      ‘she has no rivals as a female rock singer’
      • ‘In terms of nightlife, São Paulo has no rivals - not London, not New York, not Ibiza in August.’
      • ‘The men's series has no rival for styling, craftsmanship and sensuous touch.’
      equal, match, peer, equivalent, fellow, counterpart, like
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  • Be or seem to be equal or comparable to:

    ‘the efficiency of the Bavarians rivals that of the Viennese’
    • ‘At one time Ani had a population of over 100,000, rivalling Baghdad and Constantinople.’
    • ‘This quiet, friendly town is only 10 kilometres from the popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa, which is fast rivalling Ibiza as the clubbing holiday capital of Europe.’
    • ‘Today his reputation as a composer is only rivalled by his propensity for writing musical dramas of an unparalleled length.’
    • ‘Diana's face was so red it rivalled a tomato, and Cecil's wasn't much better.’
    • ‘Their many restaurants are sophisticated and serve dishes rivalling the best to be found in Europe.’
    • ‘It had started off as a concept of Londoners sending in articles that would be published once a week, but it grew and changed into a daily newspaper, with a readership rivalling the daily tabloids.’
    • ‘The tulips bloomed a brilliant symphony of colours and rivalled the loveliness of the birds who frequented the yard.’
    • ‘Constantinople, now Istanbul, is probably rivalled only by Rome as the central hub shaping European and world history since civilisation began.’
    • ‘These changes gave them better conditions and a higher status, and henceforth they rivalled the priest and mayor as leaders of village life.’
    • ‘But the album stops someway short of rivalling the classic status of its predecessor due to the fact that certain tracks feel as though the band are on auto-pilot.’
    • ‘Their most accomplished works, rich in vibrant colour, complex imagery and spatial interplay, rivalled the most renowned painted panels of the period.’
    • ‘The '90s was an era of growth and prosperity rivalling the first Gold Rush of 1849.’
    • ‘Yokohama, a poor fishing village when Commodore Perry landed there in 1853, has become the second largest city in Japan, rivalling Tokyo as a port, and it would like to be seen as something more than an industrial appendage of the capital.’
    • ‘From 1871 the Royal Theatre was rivalled by the Gaiety.’
    • ‘No one quite rivalled them when in came to snobbishness.’
    • ‘His black shoes had been polished so that they rivaled my golden gown when shine was compared.’
    compete with, vie with, match, be a match for, equal, emulate, measure up to, come up to, compare with, bear comparison with, be comparable to, be comparable with, parallel, be in the same league as, be in the same category as, be on a par with, be on a level with, touch, keep pace with, keep up with
    hold a candle to
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Late 16th century: from Latin rivalis, originally in the sense person using the same stream as another, from rivus stream.