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RIVAL (rivalled, rivalling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rival mean? 

RIVAL (noun)
  The noun RIVAL has 1 sense:

1. the contestant you hope to defeat

  Familiarity information: RIVAL used as a noun is very rare.


RIVAL (verb)
  The verb RIVAL has 2 senses:

1. be equal to in quality or ability
2. be the rival of, be in competition with

  Familiarity information: RIVAL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RIVAL (noun)


Sense 1rival [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The contestant you hope to defeat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

challenger; competitor; contender; rival; competition

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("rival" is a kind of...):

contestant (a person who participates in competitions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rival"):

champ; champion; title-holder (someone who has won first place in a competition)

tilter (someone who engages in a tilt or joust)

tier (any one of two or more competitors who tie one another)

street fighter (a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods)

semifinalist (one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination)

runner-up; second best (the competitor who finishes second)

king; queen; world-beater (a competitor who holds a preeminent position)

favorite; favourite; front-runner (a competitor thought likely to win)

enemy; foe (a personal enemy)

finalist (a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition)

comer (someone with a promising future)


RIVAL (verb)


Sense 1rival [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be equal to in quality or ability

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

rival; equal; match; touch

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "rival" is one way to...):

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2rival [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the rival of, be in competition with

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

we are rivaling for first place in the race

Hypernyms (to "rival" is one way to...):

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rival"):

outrival; outvie (be more of a rival than)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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