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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a bitter rival/enemy (=a rival/enemy who you have strong feelings of dislike or anger about)
▪ The two men are bitter rivals for the party leadership.
a rival gang
▪ Fighting between rival gangs left dozens of people injured.
chief rival
▪ his chief rival for the job
rival/opposing/opposition fans (=fans who support different teams competing against each other)
▪ There were fights between rival fans outside the stadium.
▪ It narrowly beat much bigger rival and fellow supermarkets group J Sainsbury to the top slot, and outshone Tesco.
▪ Smith Barney still lags its six biggest rivals in investment banking -- Merrill Lynch&038;.
▪ Its big rival,, also laid off 240 employees last month in a bid to streamline operations.
▪ Small banks are raising them in an attempt to steal customers from their bigger rivals.
▪ My friend in the business pointed out that his guitar had a slimmer neck than its big rival.
▪ Its surplus assets have stirred the interest of bigger rivals.
▪ Avis's advantage may not last long: most of its big rivals are also spending heavily on information technology.
▪ Its three big domestic rivals do not intend to cut and run either.
▪ Early returns show bitter rival and outgoing President Slobodan Milosevic well ahead in the race.
▪ Six teams are bitter rivals in what will be a fight to the finish.
▪ Its chief international rival, Advanced Micro Devices, is also in Penang.
▪ Taylor and his chief rival, Alhaji Kromah, have announced they will run for president.
▪ His chief rival for the nomination, Sen.
▪ He stayed in office for two terms, a record 14 years, longer than did his chief rival, Gen.
▪ Rothmans maintained an average of 14.2 knots throughout the morning while most of her close rivals slowed.
▪ As a result its leading members seem chiefly interested in backstabbing their closest rivals.
▪ Cramant, Avize, le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger are close rivals for the production of the best Chardonnay.
▪ His close rival, the Maharaja of Rewa, reached a total of 500 and then withdrew from the contest.
▪ He won 298 of 484 valid votes against 155 for his closest rival, the former prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.
▪ Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario positively demolished her opponents with a ruthlessness reminiscent of Navratilova's great rival of the 1980's, Chris Evert.
▪ It also fortified imperialist competition: each Great Power rival was now backed by popular support.
▪ Kasparov - Karpov Ruy Lopez Kasparov is building up an excellent score against his great rival with this move.
▪ Why should such an unimportant jewel be first in Topaz's hands, then on the wrist of her greatest rival?
▪ Formby suffered a crushing 10 wicket defeat at home to local rivals Southport.
▪ After that it looked like they would trample all over their local rivals.
▪ To have lost a game against the local rivals that should have been sewn up was bad enough.
▪ As such it may emerge as Televisa's main local rival.
▪ Willington picked up their second win in three games with a 3-2 win over local rivals Crook Town.
▪ Swapo and its main rival, the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, have accused each other of violent intimidation during the campaign.
▪ Wilson declared, aware that Means, his main political rival on Pine Ridge, intended to run for his own job.
▪ Harkin nevertheless won all of the state's delegates since none of his four main rivals reached 15 percent.
▪ His main rival has been tuning up on Burford golf course.
▪ Stockton, a game in hand, emerged as Wearside's main rivals.
▪ The parliament chairman, Ruslan Khasbulatov, Mr Yeltsin's main rival, denied the assembly was concentrating power in its hands.
▪ Mr Jereissati's main rival so far is Jose Serra, the health minister.
▪ In January, polls showed Dole was leading his nearest rival by 23 percentage points.
▪ Their hosts are Halstead's nearest rivals for survival.
▪ But if Nader is having problems capturing the magical double-digit support level, his nearest third-party rivals are floundering in his wake.
▪ With their nearest rival, Tesco, they've become far and away the most popular places to do the weekly shop.
▪ They were well ahead of nearest rival Nabarro Nathanson, which employs 145 solicitors.
▪ The Golf GTi and its nearest rival.
▪ Standing in their way are old rivals Bath.
▪ Only one person stood in his way: Thad Cochran, his old rival from Mississippi.
▪ He replaced eating cornflakes with continually inviting Angela out to dinner in an effort to win her away from his old rival.
▪ She meets her old rival, Miss Le Moignan.
▪ Among these were the Bruces, whose lands he handed to their old rivals, the Comyns.
▪ She could wear shorter dresses than her older rivals, an advantage in court coverage.
▪ It is also an old rival of Dornier.
▪ His lifelong political rival, the charismatic, unlettered Eric Gairy, mocked Blaize's kindly manner as weakness.
▪ The monarch's potential as a political rival is an issue of which Iliescu is only too aware.
▪ But Yeltsin faced new criticism from his political rivals.
▪ At least seven canvassers were reportedly shot dead by political rivals during the campaign.
▪ Wilson declared, aware that Means, his main political rival on Pine Ridge, intended to run for his own job.
▪ Once elected, he had too many job-hungry party supporters to waste important posts on political rivals.
▪ But in the long term the Daim resignation demonstrates again the failure of Mahathir to accept a potential rival.
▪ His potential Democratic rival in four years, Rep.
▪ They are potential rivals, maybe eventual allies, in the Democratic primary.
▪ Billed as a potential rival to Gleneagles, the development was to cost £60m in total.
▪ While Yeltsin was sidelined, potential rivals engaged in a fierce jockeying for power.
▪ But he could be generous, even to potential rivals.
▪ Kerrey is considered a potential rival of Gore in the next presidential contest.
▪ Bismarck, who saw in Waldersee a serious rival, disliked this development, but was powerless to reverse it.
▪ Harold summoned the group, secure in his belief that a watchmaker can be no serious rival for Esther.
▪ He knows that he has no serious rival for the job.
▪ And he was ever so pleased - puffed and strutted like Joe Brown had a serious rival.
▪ None of the men were serious rivals, though; at least, he had thought not, until this moment.
▪ Eight years ago Fuchs had been Beeren's only serious rival for the appointment.
▪ They have defeated their only serious rival - socialist ideology.
▪ But the battles in each market are as often against nationalism as against rival firms.
▪ It narrowly beat much bigger rival and fellow supermarkets group J Sainsbury to the top slot, and outshone Tesco.
▪ But Tsongas turned those views around when he came out on top, beating rival Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.
▪ Champagne Lover was backed from 16-1 to 2-1 and beat 18 rivals by 12 lengths.
▪ Manufacturers were looking at different techniques in an effort to beat off their rivals.
▪ Equities also face two stiff rivals as a destination for domestic investors' capital.
▪ The girls have four days to recover from the California trip before facing their state rival in Mac Court.
▪ Even a dominant firm will face rivals seeking to find a window of opportunity to chip away at the dominant position.
▪ The cult of Mithras was Christianity's main rival at the time of Constantine.
▪ The fight started as an argument between rival gang members.
▪ The two teams have always been rivals.
▪ As with the tiger it is the male's warning to rivals to stay off its home range.
▪ He knows that he has no serious rival for the job.
▪ Like Medea, she plots revenge on her rival, the bride-to-be, and threatens her own child.
▪ Mr Reaves claims the industry connections and combined experience give his funds an edge over rivals in picking turnaround candidates.
▪ Police and prosecutors, especially those in the pay of rival cartels, have been a special Arellano target.
▪ So far no rivals have matched the rave reviews E ma won for the film.
▪ Sorry, Clinton only switched running mates for the evening to poke fun at Republican rival George Bush.
▪ They do not have to do down rivals in order to benefit themselves.
▪ Chef Shawn's apple pie rivals the best I've tasted.
▪ The new aeroplane would rival its competitors in terms of noise, range and versatility.
▪ The prince built a vast palace, rivalling Versailles in size and opulence.
▪ No other category of asset came close to rivalling that performance.
▪ Organisers claim that the event will rival, if not eclipse, this year's Tall Ships extravaganza.
▪ The weathermen said the storm had rivalled summer hurricanes in its intensity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rival \Ri"val\, v. i. To be in rivalry. [Obs.]


Rival \Ri"val\, a. Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.

The strenuous conflicts and alternate victories of two rival confederacies of statesmen.


Rival \Ri"val\, n. [F. rival (cf. It. rivale), L. rivales two neigbors having the same brook in common, rivals, fr. rivalis belonging to a brook, fr. rivus a brook. Cf. Rivulet, Rete.]

  1. A person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner. [Obs.]

    If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.

  2. 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; as, rivals in love; rivals for a crown.

    Note: ``Rivals, in the primary sense of the word, are those who dwell on the banks of the same stream. But since, as all experience shows, there is no such fruitful source of coutention as a water right, it would continually happen that these occupants of the opposite banks would be at strife with one another in regard of the periods during which they severally had a right to the use of the stream . . . And thus 'rivals' . . . came to be used of any who were on any grounds in more or less unfriendly competition with one another.''

    Syn: Competitor; emulator; antagonist.


Rival \Ri"val\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rivaledor Rivalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Rivaling or Rivalling.]

  1. To stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to; as, to rival one in love.

  2. To strive to equal or exel; to emulate.

    To rival thunder in its rapid course.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from Latin rivalis "a rival, adversary in love; neighbor," originally, "of the same brook," from rivus "brook" (see rivulet). "One who is in pursuit of the same object as another." The sense evolution seems to be based on the competitiveness of neighbors: "one who uses the same stream," or "one on the opposite side of the stream" A secondary sense in Latin and sometimes in English was "associate, companion in duty," from the notion of "one having a common right or privilege with another." As an adjective 1580s from the noun.


c.1600, from rival (n.). Related: Rivaled; rivaling.\n

  1. Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority. n. 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. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To oppose or compete with. 2 To be equal to or to surpass another.

  1. v. be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents" [syn: equal, touch, match]

  2. be the rival of, be in competition with; "we are rivaling for first place in the race"

  3. [also: rivalling, rivalled]

  1. n. the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing" [syn: challenger, competitor, competition, contender]

  2. [also: rivalling, rivalled]


A rivalry is the opposition between two competing parties (rivals). Someone's main rival is called an archrival. The words rivalry, rival and arch rival may also refer to:

Rival (Romeo Santos song)

"Rival" (Rival) is a Latin pop song by American recording artist Romeo Santos from his debut album Formula, Vol. 1 (2011). Produced by Santos, the track was released as the album's third single in Latin America and the United States. It features Camila lead singer Mario Domm.

Usage examples of "rival".

Both he and the actress concluded that Branicki had had a quarrel with her rival, and though she did not much care to place him in the number of her adorers, she yet gave him a good reception, for she knew it would be dangerous to despise his suit openly.

The rival aeroplane was now skimming above the water at a height of about a thousand feet.

The rival view was that true riches lay in trade, agriculture and industry, where wealth was truly earned and productively used.

When he sells alumite, as he may have done already, he will have to deliver all there is of it in order to stifle any rival claims.

Stilicho obtained the preference over a crowd of rivals, who ambitiously disputed the hand of the princess, and the favor of her adopted father.

Most worship a human-shaped god named Terrent Amese, but one tribe pays homage to his rival Ergerborg.

Thinking of public and commercial annotation products as rivals misses the point, observers say.

In contrast, the Council of the Apocrypha was a small, veiled and purposefully unrecorded papal body wielding an authority that easily rivaled that of the College, the cardinals of the Apocrypha suffered no dominion but that of God and were accountable only to His chosen representative on earth - the Holy Father.

Fearing civil war, the Guardians of the Realm of Scotland had reluctantly approached Edward of England to arbitrate among the various rivals.

In the days before Bran Brownbeard, Allovale was rich and rivaled Ardagh for its grandeur.

The indiscretion of his predecessor, instead of reconciling, had artfully fomented the religious war: and the balance which he affected to preserve between the hostile factions, served only to perpetuate the contest, by the vicissitudes of hope and fear, by the rival claims of ancient possession and actual favor.

Crushed though her rival the Khania Atene might be, also she was still jealous of her.

Although these measures were avowedly taken on behalf of King Henry, they were, in reality, so many precautions for securing the government in the hands of his rival the Duke of York.

But the adventure should hold something beyond the fairy-tale elements of a magic golden bauble, a vengeful queen, a mysterious castle, and rivals for the hand of a princess.

Miss Bayberry sitting primly at the head of a ridiculously long table that rivaled, in length, any in the dining hall at Selium.