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[vahy] /vaɪ/
verb (used without object), vied, vying.
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, vying.
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
Related forms
vier, noun
outvie, verb (used with object), outvied, outvying.
1. compete, contest, struggle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for outvied
Historical Examples
  • It made her a bit dizzy to think of the rush of tumultuous emotions which had outvied the storm of the elements but now.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • The property he had acquired by fraud was so great that he often outvied the king in the splendor of his establishments.

  • Archness became this lady of the sunny hair, tip-tilted nose, and complexion that outvied the apple-blossoms.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Large rose-trees, covered with blooms, outvied each other in scenting the air with delicious perfume.

    The Argosy Various
  • As the novelist asked him whether he liked the horse, Jules, not to be outvied, answered with an enumeration of its qualities.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • Her cheeks were vermilioned with nature's best rouge, and outvied all the labored works of art.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for outvied


verb vies, vying, vied
(intransitive; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
(transitive) (archaic) to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
Derived Forms
vier, noun
vying, 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 outvied



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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