verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.

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.

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 formsvi·er, nounout·vie, verb (used with object), out·vied, out·vy·ing.

Synonyms for vie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for outvied

Historical Examples of outvied

  • It made her a bit dizzy to think of the rush of tumultuous emotions which had outvied the storm of the elements but now.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • The property he had acquired by fraud was so great that he often outvied the king in the splendor of his establishments.

  • Archness became this lady of the sunny hair, tip-tilted nose, and complexion that outvied the apple-blossoms.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Large rose-trees, covered with blooms, outvied each other in scenting the air with delicious perfume.

    The Argosy


  • As the novelist asked him whether he liked the horse, Jules, not to be outvied, answered with an enumeration of its qualities.


    Frederick Lawton

British Dictionary definitions for outvied


verb vies, vying or vied

(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
Derived Formsvier, nounvying, adjective, noun

Word Origin for vie

C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for outvied



1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).

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