Definition of rivalry in English:



  • Competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.

    ‘commercial rivalry’
    ‘intercity rivalries’
    • ‘Smith doesn't try to control his athletes' rivalry or ensure that it stays healthy off of the track.’
    • ‘I felt that I had witnessed some type of argument, sibling rivalry, and battle of wits all rolled into a few bizarre minutes.’
    • ‘Did the normal business competition and healthy professional rivalry they cultivated really amount to a war?’
    • ‘As we got older, our rivalry went from just being competitive to becoming extremely violent.’
    • ‘Intense domestic rivalry was also found to be important in spurring the industry to innovate and upgrade.’
    • ‘We didn't have any kind of sibling rivalry or jealousy or anything else that normal siblings do.’
    • ‘In some towns the opposition between the two camps runs deep, but in this region rivalry appears to be more muted.’
    • ‘The aftermath of the Cold War produced renewed interservice rivalry over allocation of roles, missions, and budgetary shares.’
    • ‘The rivalry is great - to be sure to get a place in the orchestra, the young musician has to win one of the prizes.’
    • ‘Therefore, US-Japanese economic rivalry for the Chinese market is likely to intensify.’
    • ‘Greater rivalry in imperfectly competitive markets can be expected to encourage firms to operate more efficiently.’
    • ‘Are India and China, the world's newest great powers, condemned to inevitable rivalry?’
    • ‘There have been hundreds of new viruses released, the majority the result of a display of rivalry between two virus writers.’
    • ‘Venice, always in rivalry with the papal city, often presented itself as the new Rome.’
    • ‘Our rivalry, sadly, was probably a large contributor to the demise of New Hack City, a project that both of us were passionate about.’
    • ‘The success of these talks is important for both countries and hence is likely to mitigate their military rivalry.’
    • ‘Finding a new platform to express their long-standing rivalry, both Britain and France opted out of judging for medals.’
    • ‘Her quiet words and calm demeanor reminded him more of their time as friends then this rivalry they now had going on.’
    • ‘In the arithmetic of superpower rivalry during the Cold War people tended to be forgotten, the reality buried under rhetoric.’
    • ‘Their rivalry had been one of friendly competition and challenging each other to go to the extreme.’
    competitiveness, competition, contention, vying
    opposition, conflict, struggle, strife, feuding, dissension, discord, antagonism, friction, enmity
    keeping up with the joneses
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