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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.
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verb (used with object), vied, vy·ing.
  1. Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
  2. Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
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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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  • Thus they vied with each other in little attentions to the down-hearted man.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • All vied in testifying their consideration, and the Duke of St. James exceeded all.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • They vied for my special favour; they could not make enough of me.

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

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • And everybody in Reims vied with his neighbor in going to see them.


British Dictionary definitions for vied

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
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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 vied

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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