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English definition of “rival”


noun [C]
someone or something that is competing with another person or thing: business/political rivalsEnemies and rivalsCompeting and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
rival adjective [always before noun] a rival company/gang rivalry noun [C, U] behaviour typical of rivals: There is intense rivalry between the two teams.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
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