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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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  • Now all was peace and reconciliation in the house, and they vied with one another in acts of friendliness.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • They vied for my special favour; they could not make enough of me.

  • Smythe and Varney vied with each other after that in trying to make me comfortable.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • On these occasions David vied with Tammas in facetiousness at his father's expense.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • It is true there was scenery which for grandeur and beauty might have vied with the most vaunted spots on the island.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • And everybody in Reims vied with his neighbor in going to see them.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • For a time it vied with the muffled roar of their thundering exhaust; then it lost volume, faded, and was finally gone.

British Dictionary definitions for vied


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 vied



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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