- 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 outvying
So the papers went on, outvying each other in enthusiastic grief.Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days
Thenceforward he went through transformation after transformation, outvying the legendary chameleon.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories
Gambling houses here are outvying in richness, and utter wantonness of wasted expense, anything yet seen in America.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
The din was deafening, the cries of Christian and Mussulman outvying the roar of musketry.Boris the Bear-Hunter
- (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 outvying
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
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