Meaning of rival

Definition of rival

(noun) the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
(verb) 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"
be the rival of, be in competition with; "we are rivaling for first place in the race"

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