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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of competing or emulating.
  • noun The state or condition of being a rival.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of rivaling; competition; a strife or effort to obtain an object which another is pursuing: as, rivalry in love; an endeavor to equal or surpass another in some excellence; emulation: as, rivalry for superiority at the bar or in the senate.
  • noun Synonyms Competition, etc. See emulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of rivaling, or the state of being a rival; a competition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of competing as for profit or a prize

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