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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 vier

Historical Examples

  • He wanted to know why we had left the flesh-pots of the 'Vier Jahreszeiten'.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • It came upon me yesterday when I saw you in the window at the Vier Prison.

  • Vier pseudo-justinische Schriften als Eigentum Diodors nachgewiesen .

  • This he could do easily, for he was the tallest man in the Vier Marchi by at least three inches.

  • Be lambs in Jersey, but harry the rest of the world with a lion's tooth, was the eleventh commandment in the Vier Marchi.


British Dictionary definitions for vier

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 vier

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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