From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrivalri‧val1 /ˈraɪvəl/ ●●○W3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1COMPETE WITH/TRY TO BEATa person, group, or organization that you compete with in sport, business, a fight etc syn competitor 🔊 This gives the company a competitive advantage over its rivals.rival for 🔊 his chief rival for the job 🔊 He finished 39 seconds ahead of his main rival. 🔊 She was 2 minutes faster than her nearest rival. 🔊 a game against their old rivals, Manchester United 🔊 They still remain bitter rivals (=hate each other). 🔊 Their sales have now overtaken those of their arch-rival (=main or strongest rival).rival company/firm/team etc 🔊 Sheena left her job and went to work for a rival company.2EQUALone of a group of things that people can choose between 🔊 The newest model has several advantages over its rivals.COLLOCATIONSadjectivessomebody's main/chief rivalWho is the champion's main rival?somebody's nearest/closest rival (=the one that is closest to beating them)She finished 7.1 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.a great rival (=an important rival for a long time)Oxford and Cambridge University have always been great rivals somebody's arch-rival (=their main or strongest rival)McDonald's and its arch-rival Burger Kinga serious rivalHe knows that he has no serious rival for the job.an old rivalHindhead had a convincing victory over their old rivals, Frensham.a potential rival (=one who is likely to be a rival in the future)Their business is a potential rival for ours.a bitter rival (=one that hates you)They have long been bitter rivals.a political rivalAt the time, France and Britain were major political rivals.a presidential rivalHis presidential rivals have vigorously attacked him.rival + NOUNrival factions/groupsMy task is to unite the rival factions within the party. a rival teamThe rival team's fans were in the other part of the ground.a rival gangThe street is a war zone between two rival gangs.rival fans/supportersThere were fights between rival fans after the match.a rival company/firmIt may have to merge with a rival company to stay in business.
rival• Organisers claim that the event will rival, if not eclipse, this year's TallShipsextravaganza.• The new aeroplane would rival its competitors in terms of noise, range and versatility.• The weathermen said the storm had rivalledsummerhurricanes in its intensity.• No other category of asset came close to rivalling that performance.• Chef Shawn's applepierivals the best I've tasted.• The prince built a vastpalace, rivalling Versailles in size and opulence.From Longman Business Dictionaryrivalri‧val1 /ˈraɪvəl/ noun [countable]1a person, group, or organization that you compete withThe authorities hope that such changes will help Italian banks compete more effectively against European rivals.rival forThe two men had been rivals for the top job three years ago.Jack left his job and went to work for a rival company.2one of a number of products that people can choose betweenThe car was a success because it met the needs of car buyers better than most of its rivals.Your product needs to be better than rival products in precisely specified ways.3rival bid/offerFINANCE a BID etc that is competing with anotherAnother travel company has now come in with a rival bid.rivalrival2 verb (rivalled, rivalling British English, rivaled, rivaling) American English [transitive]to be as good or important as someone or something elseThis notebook computer rivals the power of some desk-top models.→ See Verb table