Rival

Definition of Rival

Ri´val
n.1.A person having a common right or privilege with another; a partner.
If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus,
The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
- Shak.
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.
a.1.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.
- Macaulay.
v. t.1.To stand in competition with; to strive to gain some object in opposition to; as, to rival one in love.
[imp. & p. p. Rivaled or Rivalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Rivaling or Rivalling.]
2.To strive to equal or exel; to emulate.
To rival thunder in its rapid course.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To be in rivalry.

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