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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.Enemies and rivals

rival

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.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sportBeing or appearing similar or the same
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