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Rival


RI'VAL, noun [Latin rivalis; Heb. to contend, to strive. See Raffle.]

1. 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 possess; a competitor; as rivals in love; rivals for a crown. Love will not patiently bear a rival

2. One striving to equal or exceed another in excellence; as two rivals in eloquence.

3. An antagonist; a competitor in any pursuit or strife.

RI'VAL, adjective Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions.

Equal in years and rival in renown.

RI'VAL, verb transitive

1. To stand in competition with; to strive to gain the object which another is contending for; as, to rival one in love.

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

To rival thunder in its rapid course.

RI'VAL, verb intransitive To be competitors. [Not in use.]