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vying

[vahy-ing] /ˈvaɪ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
competing; contending:
All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.
verb
2.
present participle of vie.
Origin of vying
vie + -ing2
Related forms
vyingly, adverb
unvying, adjective

vie

[vahy] /vaɪ/
verb (used without object), vied, vying.
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, vying.
2.
Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
3.
Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
Origin
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.
Synonyms
1. compete, contest, struggle.
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  • The colonel had to eat, in vying admiration of Jeff, ravenous from his day's walk.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Far from that, her rivals were vying with each other in their strivings to maintain peace.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • They buy, and buy, and buy––vying each other in their daring.

  • Bright as was the moon, many of the stars were to be seen also, vying with her in splendour.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • So they continued, vying with each other, and increasing in efficiency.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for vying

vying

/ˈvaɪɪŋ/
verb
1.
the present participle of vie
adjective
2.
competing: two vying patriarchs

vie

/vaɪ/
verb vies, vying, vied
1.
(intransitive; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
2.
(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 vying

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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