Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of RIVAL

Pronunciation:  'rIvul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
  2. [v]  be the rival of, be in competition with; "No city can rival Venice in beauty"
  3. [v]  be equal to in quality or ability; "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"

RIVAL is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: challenger, competition, competitor, contender, equal, match, touch
 See Also: champ, champion, comer, compete, compete, contend, contend, contestant, enemy, favorite, favourite, finalist, foe, front-runner, king, outrival, outvie, queen, runner-up, second best, semifinalist, street fighter, tier, tilter, title-holder, vie, vie, world-beater



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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},
    1. A person having a common right or privilege with another;
       a partner. [Obs.]
             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.
    Note: ``Rivals, in the primary sense of the word, are those
          who dwell on the banks of the same stream. But since,
          as all experience shows, there is no such fruitful
          source of coutention as a water right, it would
          continually happen that these occupants of the opposite
          banks would be at strife with one another in regard of
          the periods during which they severally had a right to
          the use of the stream . . . And thus 'rivals' . . .
          came to be used of any who were on any grounds in more
          or less unfriendly competition with one another.''
    Syn: Competitor; emulator; antagonist.
  2. \Ri"val\, a.
    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.
  3. \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.
    2. To strive to equal or exel; to emulate.
             To rival thunder in its rapid course. --Dryden.
  4. \Ri"val\, v. i.
    To be in rivalry. [Obs.] --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have a rival means that you are too hesitant in asserting you rights and standing up for yourself. Consequently, you will lose the favor of some distinguished people. Dreaming that you have been outwitted by a rival means that you have neglected your duties and business affairs for the pursuit of leisure and ease. Your neglect of these matters will prove detrimental. Dreaming that you outwitted a rival indicates that you will find a loveable companion. You will also be advancing to higher a higher position.