- IPA: /ˈɹaɪvəl/
rival (plural rivals)
- A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) with the same goal as another, or striving to attain the same thing. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.
- Chris is my biggest rival in the 400-metre race.
- Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.
- As a social historian, he has no rival.
- (obsolete) One having a common right or privilege with another; a partner.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
- If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, / The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
- French: rival
- German: Gegner, Rivale, Konkurrent
- Italian: rivale, competitore, antagonista, avversario
- Portuguese: rival, adversário, competidor
- Russian: сопе́рник
- Spanish: rival
rival (not comparable)
- Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority.
- rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
rival (rivals, present participle rivalling; past and past participle rivalled)
- (transitive) To oppose or compete with.
- to rival somebody in love
- To be equal to, or match, or to surpass another.
- To strive to equal or excel; to emulate.
- to rival thunder in its rapid course