- 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
1525–35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite
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- (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
C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
Word Origin and History for viers
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper