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rival

noun [C] uk   /ˈraɪ.vəl/ us  
C1 a person, group, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in the same area: He beat his closest/nearest rival by 20 marks. The companies produce rival versions of the toy.
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verb [T] uk   /ˈraɪ.vəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
C2 to be as good, clever, beautiful, etc. as someone or something else: No computer can rival a human brain for/in complexity. The beauty of the country is only rivalled by (= is equal to) the violence of its politics.
Translations of “rival”
in Korean 경쟁자, 경쟁상대…
in Arabic مُنافِس…
in French rival/-ale…
in Turkish rakip, rakibe…
in Italian rivale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 競爭對手, 敵手…
in Russian соперник, конкурент…
in Polish rywal/ka…
in Spanish rival…
in Portuguese rival…
in German der Rivalel, die Rivalin, rivalisierend…
in Catalan rival, contrincant…
in Japanese ライバル, 競争相手…
in Chinese (Simplified) 竞争对手, 敌手…
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