Meaning of rival

ri•val

Pronunciation: (rī'vul), [key]
— n., adj., v., -valed, -val•ing -valled, -val•ling.
—n.
  1. a person who is competing for the same object or goal as another, or who tries to equal or outdo another; competitor.
  2. a person or thing that is in a position to dispute another's preeminence or superiority: a stadium without a rival.
  3. a companion in duty.
—adj.
  1. competing or standing in rivalry: rival suitors; rival businesses.
—v.t.
  1. to compete with in rivalry: strive to win from, equal, or outdo.
  2. to prove to be a worthy rival of: He soon rivaled the others in skill.
  3. to equal (something) as if in carrying on a rivalry: The Hudson rivals any European river in beauty.
—v.i.
  1. to engage in rivalry; compete.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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