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rival

ri·val

rival

 
 
pronunciation:
raI vl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person whom one tries to be better than; competitor.
Those two soccer players have been rivals for years.
 
synonyms:
competitor, contestant, opposition
similar words:
adversary, match
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: being, or able to be, a rival; competing.
The rival team will get the ball first.
synonyms:
competing, competitive
similar words:
opposing
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: rivaled, rivaling, rivals
definition 1: to be as good as; equal.
The desserts at this diner rival those at a fancy restaurant.
synonyms:
equal, match
similar words:
approach, parallel, touch
definition 2: to try to do better than; compete with or against.
The team from Ohio rivals the Michigan team.
synonyms:
fight
similar words:
battle, challenge, combat, contest, oppose
Word History
Rival comes from rivus, a Latin word that means "stream." Rivalus, the Latin word for "rival," originally meant "a person who uses the same stream as another."