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Definition 1: the contestant you hope to defeat - [noun denoting person]

Samples where rival or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had respect for his rivals
  • he wanted to know what the competition was doing

Synonyms for rival in the sense of this definition

(rival is a kind of ...) a person who participates in competitions

(... is a kind of rival ) any one of two or more competitors who tie one another

(... is a kind of rival ) a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods

(... is a kind of rival ) one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination

(... is a kind of rival ) a competitor who has withdrawn from competition

(... is a kind of rival ) the competitor who finishes second

(... is a kind of rival ) a competitor who holds a preeminent position

(... is a kind of rival ) a competitor thought likely to win

(... is a kind of rival ) a personal enemy

"they had been political foes for years"

(... is a kind of rival ) a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition

(... is a kind of rival ) someone with a promising future

(... is a kind of rival ) someone who has won first place in a competition

(... is a kind of rival ) someone who engages in a tilt or joust

Definition 2: be the rival of, be in competition with - [verb of competition]

Samples where rival or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we are rivaling for first place in the race

(rival is a kind of ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(... is a kind of rival ) be more of a rival than

Definition 3: be equal to in quality or ability - [verb of stative]

Samples where rival or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for rival in the sense of this definition

(rival is a kind of ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(rival has a similar meaning as ...) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

"let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office" "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"

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