I. noun Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin rivalis one using the same stream as another, rival in love, from rivalis of a stream, from rivus stream — more at run Date: 1577 1. a. one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess b. one striving for competitive advantage 2. obsolete companion, associate 3. one that equals another in desired qualities ; peer II. adjective Date: 1590 having the same pretensions or claims ; competing III. verb (rivaled or rivalled; rivaling or rivalling) Date: 1605 intransitive verb to act as a rival ; compete transitive verb 1. to be in competition with 2. to strive to equal or excel ; emulate 3. to possess qualities or aptitudes that approach or equal (those of another)

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  • rival — rival …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • rival — rival, ale, aux [ rival, o ] n. et adj. • 1636; « rival en amour » XVe; lat. rivalis « rival », de rivales « les riverains, qui tirent leur eau du même cours d eau (rivus) » I ♦ N. 1 ♦ Personne qui prétend aux avantages, aux biens qu un seul peut …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • rival — RIVÁL, Ă, rivali, e s.m. şi f. Persoană care aspiră, în concurenţă directă cu alta, la aceeaşi situaţie, la acelaşi succes; concurent, potrivnic, adversar. ♦ Persoană care aspiră împreună cu alta la dragostea aceleiaşi persoane de sex opus. ♦… …   Dicționar Român

  • rival — rival, ale (ri val, va l ) s. m. et f. 1°   Celui, celle qui aspire, qui prétend aux mêmes avantages qu un autre. •   Corrival.... est devenu vieux ; on ne dit plus que rival, qui aussi est bien plus doux et plus court, VAUGEL. Rem. t. II, p. 577 …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • rival — RIVAL, [rival]e. s. Concurrent en amour. Ils recherchent tous deux une mesme maistresse, une mesme fille, ils sont rivaux. voilà vostre rival. un dangereux rival, un foible rival. il a supplanté tous ses rivaux. elle a une belle rivale, une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Rival — Ri val, a. Having the same pretensions or claims; standing in competition for superiority; as, rival lovers; rival claims or pretensions. [1913 Webster] The strenuous conflicts and alternate victories of two rival confederacies of statesmen.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rival — vb 1 Rival, compete, vie, emulate can all mean to strive to equal or surpass another or his achievements. Rival (see also MATCH) usually suggests an attempt to outdo each other {a work . . . which contending sects have rivaled each other in… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Rival — Ri val, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rivaled}or {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. [1913 Webster] 2. To strive to equal or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rival — [adj] opposing battling, combatant, combating, competing, competitive, conflicting, contending, contesting, cutthroat, disputing, emulating, emulous, equal, opposed, striving, vying; concepts 542,564 Ant. assisting, associate, supporting rival… …   New thesaurus

  • rival — [rī′vəl] n. [Fr < L rivalis, orig., one living near or using the same stream as another < rivus, brook < IE * reie , to flow < base * er : see RISE] 1. a person who tries to get or do the same thing as another, or to equal or surpass… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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