rival Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “rival” in the English Dictionary

"rival" in British English

See all translations

rivalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈraɪ.vəl/  us   /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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

rivalverb [T]

uk   /ˈraɪ.vəl/  us   /ˈraɪ.vəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
(Definition of rival from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rival" in American English

See all translations

rivalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɑɪ·vəl/
a person, group, or organization competing with others for the same thing or in the same area: business/political rivals

rivalverb [T]

 us   /ˈrɑɪ·vəl/
to equal or be as good as: No computer can rival a human brain.
(Definition of rival from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rival" in Business English

See all translations

rivalnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈraɪvəl/
a person, company, product, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in the same area: The strong pound will leave large sections of British manufacturing uncompetitive against rivals in the rest of Europe.rival for sth They are rivals for the top job.rival to sb/sth Linux is an operating system and thus a rival to Windows. your main/closest/biggest rival

rivaladjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈraɪvəl/
competing with other people, companies, products, etc. for the same thing or in the same area: a rival company/firm a rival bid/offer While they are more expensive than rival products, she said the quality makes the price worth it. Any rival bidder will have to move quickly and pay considerably more.

rivalverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈraɪvəl/ ( UK -ll-, US -l-)
to be as good as other similar people, companies, products, etc.: In the Algarve, citrus farming is expanding rapidly and the fruit rivals anything Spain can produce. Electronic marketplaces can offer a reach and efficiency that physical markets cannot rival.rival sb/sth as sth China could eventually rival Japan as the most lucrative luxury market in the world.
(Definition of rival from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rival”
in Korean 경쟁자, 경쟁상대…
in Arabic مُنافِس…
in Malaysian pesaing…
in French rival/-ale…
in Russian соперник, конкурент…
in Chinese (Traditional) 競爭對手, 敵手…
in Italian rivale…
in Turkish rakip, rakibe…
in Polish rywal/ka…
in Spanish rival, contrincante…
in Vietnamese đối thủ…
in Portuguese rival…
in Thai คู่แข่ง…
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…
in Indonesian saingan…
What is the pronunciation of rival?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“rival” in British English

“rival” in American English

“rival” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

galaxy

one of the independent groups of stars in the universe

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More