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English definition of “rival”


noun [C]     /ˈraɪ.vəl/
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.Enemies and rivals
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