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
Synonyms for vie
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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
Word Origin for vie
C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
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