- 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 vier
He wanted to know why we had left the flesh-pots of the 'Vier Jahreszeiten'.The Riddle of the Sands
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.
- (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 vier
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
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