- to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
- Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
- Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
Origin of vie
1525–35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite
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1. compete, contest, struggle.
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Examples from the Web for outvie
Her main endeavor in this is to outvie her neighbors in the extravagance of fashion.
The average wool-sorter will outvie an artist in his perception of colour shades.Second Sight
What other thing could Crumpy do than attempt to outvie his activity?Cripps, the Carrier
R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
No product of the present can outvie the charms of such old silver.Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings
Mary H. Northend
Having once consented to swindle, he had to outvie every lie by a new and bigger one.Dame Care
- (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
- (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for outvie
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
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