- 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
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Examples from the Web for vied
She struggled with worldly woes, she vied with ever-greater risks in her work, but she trusted life: She lived in the attempt.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
However, the oil spill, the Times Square bombing, the McChrystal firing, and the Blagojevich trial have all vied for his focus.What Will the Fallout Be for Obama?
The Daily Beast
July 10, 2010
Ross vied for a monumental Joan Miro towering over five feet high but dropped out of the bidding.London Auctions
June 25, 2010
Thus they vied with each other in little attentions to the down-hearted man.The Manxman
All vied in testifying their consideration, and the Duke of St. James exceeded all.The Young Duke
They vied for my special favour; they could not make enough of me.Chatterbox, 1906
On these occasions David vied with Tammas in facetiousness at his father's expense.Bob, Son of Battle
And everybody in Reims vied with his neighbor in going to see them.Notre-Dame de Paris
- (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
Word Origin and History for vied
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).