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[ vahy ]

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.

    Synonyms: struggle, contest, compete

verb (used with object)

, vied, vy·ing.
  1. Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
  2. Obsolete. to stake in card playing.


/ vaɪ /


  1. intr; foll by with or for to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
  2. archaic.
    tr to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry

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Derived Forms

  • ˈvier, noun
  • ˈvying, adjectivenoun

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Other Words From

  • vier noun
  • outvie verb (used with object) outvied outvying

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vie1

First recorded in 1525–35; by shortening of Middle French envier “to raise the stake (at cards),” Old French: “to challenge, provoke,” from Latin invītāre “to entertain, treat, invite”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vie1

C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite

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Example Sentences

He also could land with the under-23 squad vying for an Olympic berth.

With two worthy centers vying for consideration, this year’s conversation won’t be ending anytime soon.

The quarterbacks vying for the Super Bowl represent a broader shift.

The Crimson Tide needed just three plays to go 60 yards and put the Buckeyes into a world of trouble as the teams vie for a national championship.

As China’s EV market grows, Tesla is vying with local rivals to maintain its market lead.

From Fortune

“When we decided to do the awards campaign for La Vie en Rose, I felt the need to go back to Berlitz,” says Cotillard.

Darfuri civilians are once again suffering as militias vie for control of territory and resources.

It refers to what Americans call eau-de-vie, though Austrians have been tinkering with and perfecting the drink for centuries.

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Stansted Garment Bag, $550 at East Dane  6.

In the wild, killer whales vie for dominance but the subdominant animal then flees the scene and the conflict subsides.

Toute la nuit ce ne fust que haranguer, chanter, danser; car telle est la vie de toutes ces gens lorsqu'ils sont en troupe.

Plusieurs autres se sont occups la terre, comme estant le premier mtier & le plus necessaire la vie de l'homme.

Of all the various products cultivated, but few vie with the tobacco plant in beauty of form and general appearance.

And so the Cave-men began to vie with one another in making the straightest and smoothest shafts.

This sentence is incomplete; the translator has missed the line—'Et qu'ele a sa vie perdue.'


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