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[vahy]
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verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.
  1. to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
verb (used with object), vied, vy·ing.
  1. Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
  2. 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
Related formsvi·er, nounout·vie, verb (used with object), out·vied, out·vy·ing.

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1. compete, contest, struggle.
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Examples from the Web for outvie

Historical Examples

  • Her main endeavor in this is to outvie her neighbors in the extravagance of fashion.

    Modern Women and What is Said of Them

    Anonymous

  • The average wool-sorter will outvie an artist in his perception of colour shades.

    Second Sight

    Sepharial

  • 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.

  • Having once consented to swindle, he had to outvie every lie by a new and bigger one.

    Dame Care

    Hermann Sudermann


British Dictionary definitions for outvie

vie

verb vies, vying or vied
  1. (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
  2. (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
Derived Formsvier, nounvying, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for outvie

vie

v.

1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).

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