from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor.
- n. One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect.
- n. Obsolete A companion or an associate in a particular duty.
- transitive v. To attempt to equal or surpass.
- transitive v. 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).
- intransitive v. To be a competitor or rival; compete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A competitor (person, team, company, etc.) who is well known to another and has similar skills and achievements. Defeating a rival may be a primary or necessary goal of a competitor.
- n. Someone or something with similar claims of quality or distinction as another.
- v. To oppose or compete with.
- v. To equal to or surpass another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner.
- n. One who is in pursuit of the same object as another; one striving to reach or obtain something which another is attempting to obtain, and which one only can posses; a competitor
- adj. Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority
- transitive v. To stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to.
- transitive v. To strive to equal or exel; to emulate.
- intransitive v. To be in rivalry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One having a common right or privilege with another; an associate; an alternating partner or companion in duty.
- n. One who is in pursuit of the same object as another; one who strives to reach or obtain something which another is attempting to obtain, and which only one can possess; a competitor: as, rivals in love; rivals for a crown.
- n. One who emulates or strives to equal or exceed another in excellence; a competitor; an antagonist: as, two rivals in eloquence.
- n. Synonyms and See emulation.
- Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority: as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.
- To stand in competition with; seek to gain something in opposition to: as, to rival one in love.
- To strive to equal or excel; emulate.
- To be a competitor; act as a rival.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be the rival of, be in competition with
- n. the contestant you hope to defeat
- v. be equal to in quality or ability
Latin rīvālis, one using the same stream as another, a rival, from rīvus, stream.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rīvālis, literally ‘person using the same stream as another’, from rīvus ("small stream, brook"). (Wiktionary)